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Tony Gale backs West Ham to break into the top six if they make good on transfer reports

West Ham United legend Tony Gale has backed his old club to break into the Premier League’s top six next season, with a caveat.

West Ham finished 10th in their first season under Manuel Pellegrini and played some excellent football along the way.

Despite a rocky start, it was a comfortable season for West Ham.

And the London Stadium started to feel more like home with West Ham boasting the best record outside the top six on their own turf.

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Hammers expectations on the rise

Expectations will be raised next season after the club signed exciting Spanish youngster Pablo Fornals.

There has been the promise of more to come.

Meanwhile top West Ham stars such as Issa Diop and Declan Rice have also been linked with moves away. Although the club has insisted neither are for sale.

Strikers Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez have left the club and Javier Hernandez looks likely to follow.

As a result Pellegrini’s focus now is on securing at least one, if not two, new strikers.


Striker crossroads for Pellegrini

Maxi Gomez is said to be the Chilean’s prime target. Callum Wilson, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Salomon Rondon and Moussa Marega are also believed to be on a list of West Ham striker targets.

Now Hammers legend turned Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale has backed Pellegrini to push his side into the top six.

But only if the club makes good on bringing in a quality striker and resists selling the likes of Issa Diop.

“The fans expectations are a little bit higher sometimes than the rest of us who probably know a bit,” Gale told Sky Sports News.

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Gale backs top six tilt

“But I think the expectation is quite clear that they could break into that top six. Because they’ve spent money last season.

“If they don’t try and balance the books by getting rid of someone like Diop with other players maybe coming in – a striker in particular – then I think they’ve got an excellent opportunity of just nicking into that sixth spot.”

Gale was not the only West Ham legend brimming with optimism this week either.

His old Boys of 86 teammate Tony Cottee has revealed why he is full of praise for co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold after years criticising the duo, read full story here.

Meanwhile Gold himself was pleased to see talkSPORT shock jock Adrian Durham also backing the club to break into the established elite, read full story here.

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