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It says a lot about the summer West Ham United have had that they seem to have universally impressed pundits and rival football fans.

Well everyone except Richard Keys, but you can’t please everyone.

With Manuel Pellegrini at the helm and the club threatening to have spent over £100 million on transfers by the close of the window on Thursday, things are looking up for the Hammers.

Fans who protested against the club’s owners David Sullivan, David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady last season have been suitably enthused by the actions taken this summer to once again sell out 52,000 season tickets.

Felipe Anderson is the standout signing for West Ham at a club record £40 million and many are predicting big things from him and West Ham.

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Peter Crouch can’t wait to watch the Hammers this season and former defender Matt Upson believes this could be the dawn of a new era of West Ham establishing themselves as a force.

Now Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has delivered his own emphatic verdict on West Ham’s transfer business and he has been suitably impressed too.

“I always thought David Moyes would keep them up but it was the right decision for both parties for him to leave,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

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“The fans don’t like the owners but they’ve got somebody in who supporters will want to get behind with his personality, record and style.

“I think they’ve signed well so I don’t see them enduring the same problems this season and, while they’ll be unpredictable at times, they should be aiming for a top-half finish.”

West Ham fans will be hoping to challenge the top eight.

But good, attacking, positive football with flair and a midtable finish will be a step in the right direction.

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