West Ham United are off to the cashpoint this summer, both literally and figuratively it seems.
The Hammers have confirmed the first part of their pre-season plans to visit Switzerland (whufc.com).

Manuel Pellegrini will put his squad through 11 days of “gruelling training” as they prepare for his second season in charge.

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Hammers on their way to the Cashpoint

The camp will climax with a friendly fixture across the Austrian border against SCR Altach on Thursday 11 July at their bizarrely named Cashpoint Arena.

And West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will need to visit one too as Pellegrini wants to have as many as six new players added to his squad this summer.

The Hammers are not expected to reach the same levels as last summer when a net £89million was splurged on new signings.

But if the club can bring in decent money for a host of unwanted players it will boost Pellegrini’s modest £30million kitty.

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Good to be Bad?

The training camp marks a return to familiar ground for Pellegrini. The Chilean led the Hammers at the same Bad Ragaz venue last summer.

The manager said: “We are looking forward to returning to Bad Ragaz to begin our pre-season preparations in July. It is a facility and location that we know well. And one that gives us everything we require as a squad to ensure that we work in the best possible way.

“We have been able to plan our pre-season schedule much earlier this year and the training camp in Switzerland is a vital element of the preparation.

“After our strong finish to the Premier League season, we can now enjoy the summer break feeling positive and confident, ready to start work together again on July 1.”

There will be plenty of travelling for the Hammers this summer.

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Lazio the final piece of the pre-season puzzle?

The Swiss trip will be followed by West Ham’s involvement in the Premier League Asia Trophy. The event takes place in China in mid-July.

There Pellegrini’s side will take on champions Manchester City, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Hammers took part in the tournament in 2009, finishing third.

One piece of the pre-season puzzle remains to be put in place. There are reports West Ham want to arrange a home pre-season friendly for the weekend before the season begins.

The club ran polls via several fellow Hammers sites and social media feeds to gauge supporter preference over a friendly against Lazio, PSG, Monaco, Sevilla or Lyon.

Lazio won the day in most of those votes.

But there has been no official announcement as yet.

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