Sullivan: West Ham need signings in these three positions, Jenkinson situation update

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David Sullivan has hinted at West Ham's transfer plans for this summer.

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has told the club's official website that three areas of the team need to be strengthened for next season.

The Hammers enjoyed a remarkable first half of the season, and looked like they would be challenging for European qualifcation at the turn of the year.

Yet with just two wins in 2015, it's all gone wrong for Sam Allardyce, and his future at the club is once again in doubt ahead of the summer transfer window.

Many expect Allardyce to be replaced as West Ham prepare for a big Upton Park send off in their final season before moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

No matter who is in charge of West Ham next season, reinforcements will be needed on the pitch, with the Hammers needing new signings to really take the next step.

Sullivan has now told the West Ham official website that he wants to strengthen the squad in three areas this summer, whilst also suggesting that Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson's future won't be sorted imminently.

"Our planning for strengthening the squad in the summer has been underway for some time," said Sullivan. "I think we need goalscorers, a right back and maybe a central defender. The situation with Carl Jenkinson won’t be clear until the end of the season but we will have to sign a right back one way or another."

"We of course bought Cheik Kouyate to play in midfield and as a fourth choice centre half but two years in a row now we’ve been caught out in central defence so it might be that we look to strengthen in that area for next season."

"We have Doneil Henry of course and he won impressive reviews for his performances at Blackburn Rovers before getting injured. If he’s ready for the Premier League then he could get a chance, otherwise it might be that he goes out on loan again to gain more experience," he added.

With injuries to James Tomkins and Winston Reid, West Ham could certainly stand to add another centre back, whilst the failure of Mauro Zarate's signing last summer means that another striker will be on the wish list - especially with Andy Carroll's continued injury problems.

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