West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has a clear vision of where he needs to improve his team this summer.

The midtable Hammers have little but pride to play for in what remains of the season.

Pellegrini is reportedly targeting two new strikers, a box-to-box midfielder, a back-up goalkeeper and a left-back.

It comes as once evergreen Aaron Cresswell’s West Ham career continues to falter due to a succession of injuries.

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Left-back problems persist

Arthur Masuaku has failed to establish himself but has been much improved of late.

That could see the DR Congo fullback retained given he possesses the important commodity of pace.

Signing a proven quality fullback is hard enough. Getting one in on a free transfer is even rarer.

 

But the Hammers could do just that by taking advantage of Atletico Madrid’s strict contract policy.

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Pellegrini could take advantage of strict Atletico policy

Atleti’s policy is not to offer contracts of over one year in length to any player over the age of 30.

As a result the La Liga side are set to lose left-back Felipe Luis, who used to play for Chelsea.

Marca reports the 33-year-old Brazilian will leave the club.

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Luis move would not eat into tight budget

West Ham could solve a problem position with a player who has already experienced the Premier League and London life.

And crucially they will not eat into Pellegrini’s reported tight £30 million base budget (Claret & Hugh).

Luis has great pedigree and experience with over 600 games under his belt for club and country.

He is also in great physical condition.

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