Both West Ham and Aston Villa managers David Moyes and Dean Smith will be keen to bolster their ranks this summer.

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The Hammers and the Villans narrowly avoided relegation last season.

And without strong investment this summer, both sides could struggle once again this summer.

The problem for West Ham, however, is that Moyes has little, if any, cash available to spend.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, seem to be linked with big money moves for players left right and centre.

In fact, West Ham and Villa have been linked with many of the same players.

And it seems as though the west Midlands outfit could be set to beat the east Londoners to three of Moyes’s reported key targets.

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Matty Cash (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Villa could pip Hammers to three players

According to the Sheffield Star, Villa are keen to sign Matty Cash. Meanwhile, ExWHUemployee has claimed that the Hammers are no longer in the running to sign the Nottingham Forest ace.


Brentford duo Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma are also said to be on the radar of Villa and West Ham.

Sky Sports claims that Dean Smith is a big admirer of the Bees stars and would have to pay around £50 million for both players.

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Said Benrahma with Ollie Watkins (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

The Hammer obviously won’t be able to compete with those kind of figures being banded about.

And if the Villans beat West Ham to all three players mentioned, it will be a sign of hugely different ambitions from the owners of both clubs.

Villa are on the up. Unfortunately for us, we are already falling behind those in and around us in the table.

The way things are going, it seems as though we could be in for another scrap near the bottom of the table next season.

And that should be a real worry us Hammers fans.

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