Report: West Ham identify the four positions they must strengthen this summer

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West Ham have reportedly prioritised four positions for the summer transfer window.

According to the Daily Mirror, West Ham have identified three areas that they would like to strengthen in this summer's transfer window.

The Hammers may have only won one of the last 11 Premier League games, but appear to be planning for the summer already.

Manager Sam Allardyce may not be in charge much longer with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, so a new boss would have his own transfer wishlist if appointed at Upton Park.

Yet according to a report from the Daily Mirror, the West Ham board have already identified four positions of need for the summer transfer window.

The first is right back, they suggest. Carl Jenkinson is currently on loan from Arsenal, but is scheduled to return to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season barring a permanent deal.

The Daily Mail reported last night that the Gunners wanted £10m for Jenkinson, which may be a little too rich for West Ham's blood, possibly prompting the Hammers to look for alternatives.

West Ham are also reportedly interested in adding another centre back - even after signing Winston Reid to a new contract last week.

Much like Jenkinson, Alex Song is only on loan at West Ham from Barcelona. After a string of poor performances, it seems that the Hammers will look elsewhere rather than pursue a permanent deal, with the Mirror suggesting a central midfielder is also on their wish list.

Finally, with Andy Carroll injured and Mauro Zarate seemingly having little future at the club after being loaned out to Queens Park Rangers, the Mirror also report that a striker signing is wanted in East London to complement Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

Last summer, West Ham spent heavily - and based on these latest reports, they could well be set to do it again in a bid to crack the top six.

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