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David Sullivan and David Gold warned over approach to January transfer window by Craig Bellamy

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West Ham United are flying at the moment and evolving into a real force under Manuel Pellegrini.

Five wins from six in December has pushed the Hammers up to ninth in the table.

That is a new West Ham club record number of points from a single month in Premier League history.


Manuel Pellegrini has made no secret he feels his club can challenge for a place in the top six.

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25 players linked but should West Ham go again?

Popular opinion would be that in order to do that West Ham must strengthen in January.

The Hammers spent £100 million in the summer.

But a Premier League-worst injury list has seen Pellegrini denied the services of no fewer than 10 first team players.

Pellegrini has been linked with 25 players in the January window – see the full list here.

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‘Where are they going to go?’

Former Hammers striker Craig Bellamy has warned West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold against another splurge next month, though.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Bellamy says it would be pointless for David Sullivan and David Gold to spend big in January.

“I definitely don’t see them going again in January,” Bellamy told The Debate.

“Where are they going to go? What’s realistic for West Ham?

“If they are around 10th to seventh that’s realistic to where they are.

“Why would you spend any more money? The others are too far ahead of you.”

Bellamy might be right but that won’t stop Pellegrini adding free transfer Samir Nasri to his ranks in the coming days.

According to Daily Mail the Frenchman has done enough to prove his fitness and earn a heavily incentivised six-month deal which will include the option for a further year.

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Fork in the road for Hammers?

It is a fork in the road moment for the club.

Do they reach for the stars in January and potentially break into the top six.

By the same token it could jeopardise the team spirit Pellegrini has fostered in East London.

West Ham may be better served building slowly but surely and laying foundations for future success rather than diving in at the deep end.

There is no denying the club does need some reinforcements next month, though, if they are to continue on their upward trend against the backdrop of a terrible injury list.

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