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Pellegrini wants more signings but where do West Ham still need to strengthen?

Fans have been crying out for West Ham to do early, decisive business in the transfer window since the move to the London Stadium and this summer, guided by Manuel Pellegrini, Davids Gold and Sullivan have finally delivered.

However, despite the bumper spending spree, Pellegrini has been quoted stating that he still wants more new recruits, and will not stop working to ensure the Hammers are in the best possible position when the window slams shut on August 9.

But where does the former Manchester City boss still need reinforcements? We have decided to take a look through the areas of the squad to decide…

Goalkeepers

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The loan swoop for Joe Hart last summer looked good business at the time but simply didn’t work out. To account for the former England number 1’s departure, Pellegrini has brought in Lucasz Fabianski from recently-relegated Swansea City.

The Pole is a reliable Premier League goalkeeper, and popular Adrian offers capable backup. The uncapped Spaniard reportedly threatened to leave if Fabianski signed but that has all gone quiet in recent weeks.

The only reason Pellegrini would need to procure a new stopper would be if Adrian forced a late exit but, as it stands, the goalkeeping situation looks very healthy.

Defence

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Pellegrini has been brought in to introduce a more attacking style in east London, but has realised that even an enterprising style of play needs to be built on solid foundations – an approach Everton could learn from – and has moved to swiftly reinforce the defence.

There hasn’t been a better value signing made this summer than free transfer Ryan Fredericks and, with Pablo Zabaleta as understudy, Sam Byram can leave.

New boys Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena join Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice and Winston Reid at the heart of West Ham’s defence, and those five options mean that the continued reported interest in Domagoj Vida is surprising.

Aaron Cresswell should move back out to left-back this season and Arthur Masuaku is an able deputy. Only if Pellegrini decides to deploy the Congolese international further forward would he need to invest in cover for Cresswell. Otherwise, the defence looks sorted.

Midfield

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Central midfield is the first area Pellegrini still needs to strengthen. The capture of Jack Wilshere is an impressive one but, aside from that, the options are unconvincing.

Mark Noble is 31 and cannot be relied upon all season. But Cheikhou Kouyate has been linked with Crystal Palace and Sampdoria are allegedly interested in Pedro Obiang. 22-year olds Edmilson Fernandes and Josh Cullen are exciting options but a commanding defensive midfield option is still an urgent priority.

Out wide, options look healthy. Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio and even Robert Snodgrass will provide competition for new wideman Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.

If anything, it might be an idea to offload Snodgrass and Antonio to raise funds for a big-money central midfielder.

Forwards

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After a season of frustration in 2017/18, Javier Hernandez must surely return from the World Cup as West Ham’s undisputed first-choice striker and could be on for an excellent season with the reinforced creative options behind him.

The aforementioned Arnautovic shone up front under David Moyes in early 2018, and could form a strong partnership with the Mexican if Pellegrini uses the two-man striking axis he preferred at Manchester City.

Beyond that, Andy Carroll’s fitness is simply not reliable enough and Pellegrini’s preferred intricate passing game is like a foreign language to the injury-prone Geordie.

Jordan Hugill deserves sympathy because it looks as if Moyes just signed him to appease the fans in January – just by being seen to sign someone. He would offer willing backup, but more is needed if Pellegrini’s new attacking era is to be translated into goals.

Getting a striker and a central midfielder before August 9, possibly funded by the departures of Antonio, Snodgrass, Kouyate and Carroll, would represent an almost ideal window for West Ham.

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