Three positions West Ham must strengthen in this summer's transfer window

The summer transfer window is approaching, and West Ham need reinforcements.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is out of contract this summer and could leave Upton Park, but the club will still be making plans for the transfer window.

A new manager will certainly have his own ideas, but when he arrives he will find these three positions which need to be strengthened in the transfer market...

Centre back

Right back is an issue if Carl Jenkinson doesn't remain at Upton Park after his loan deal from Arsenal expires, but West Ham have been caught short in the centre of defence this season.

James Tomkins and Winston Reid have formed a solid partnership, but their recent injuries have forced Sam Allardyce into using James Collins and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate at centre half.

Tomkins' growth this season may mean that West Ham just need more cover, but if they really want to push the boat out financially, they could look to land a big-name upgrade on him.

Central Midfield

Alex Song's loan deal from Barcelona expires at the end of the season and it doesn't look like West Ham will make that deal permanent.

Given the age of Kevin Nolan, West Ham need to add a younger midfielder this summer. Strengthening the middle of the park could be a real priority for the Hammers, who will look to bring in another player to complement Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate.

Fans may like to see a goalscoring midfielder arrive, but it may be another more physical, robust player like Song who arrives in his place.


Heading into the season, West Ham looked strong up front with Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate in the ranks. Yet now, Zarate is out on loan at QPR and Carroll's injury problems are again causing issues, which has left West Ham short up top.

Even after spending millions on the position last summer, West Ham need one more body in attack - and recent reports from the Daily Mail have suggested that QPR's Charlie Austin is on the radar after scoring 15 goals this season.

Austin would be a great signing for West Ham, but there will no doubt be a number of other players on their radar as the transfer window approaches once again.

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