Neil Warnock has raved about West Ham while backing the Hammers for the top four and lifts the lid on a text message he recently sent to David Moyes.

West Ham have been transformed under Moyes over the last two years.

The Hammers go into the festive period sitting fourth in the Premier League, in the last 16 of the Europa League and one game from the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.

A new statistic shows West Ham are the most competitive side in Europe’s top five leagues.

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With Moyes’s squad starting to get a touch stretched by injuries and Said Benrahma set to miss over a month while away at the African Nations in the new year, many fans and pundits feel West Ham will need to make some signings in the January window.

Particularly given Michail Antonio is Moyes’s only senior striker.

And that was the subject of a text message Neil Warnock recently sent to Moyes.

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Neil Warnock raves about West Ham and lifts the lid on text message he sent to David Moyes

Speaking on talkSPORT, Warnock absolutely raved about West Ham and the job being done by the Scot when asked who he thinks will win the race for the top four.

But he says keeping Antonio fit will be key for the Hammers.

“I just think David Moyes is doing amazingly,” Warnock said on talkSPORT Breakfast.

“I’ve always loved David and I think he’s got players (who are fantastic).

“I text him a while ago, a few months ago, just saying ‘fingers crossed Antonio don’t get injured’.

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Host Alan Brazil interjects to say: “Well they need a centre forward and a centre half I think and I think he’ll go for it in Jan.”

“Yea, because I think he’s (got something going), the way that they are and everybody is behind the club now, it’s good to see no dissenters and what have you.

“And it’s amazing when you get the club all buzzing what happens and I think at the moment you wouldn’t write against them finishing in that position (top four).”

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Let’s hope Warnock is right.

But he makes a salient point over Antonio. And it is a fact of life West Ham fans know only too well.

The Hammers have been linked with a host of strikers.

Moyes admitted this week, though, that he may look to sign a player in the Jesse Lingard mould – and possibly even that man himself – to operate as a second forward and give West Ham a different dimension.

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