The area of West Ham's squad which could be untouched for next season

West Ham co-owner David Gold has suggested five new players will be coming into the club over the summer.

West Ham United co-owner David Gold recently revealed on Twitter that he expects at least five new faces at the club over the summer.

However, one area of the team could remain relatively untouched looking ahead to next season; the back four.

West Ham have made some good strides over the course of the past year to secure the immediate future of the defence, with right-back arguably the only position along the backline, where a fresh face could be coming in.

New contracts for James Tomkins and Winston Reid this season have provided protection to the two centre back positions.

Tomkins and Reid are perfectly capable of forming a solid and positive partnership through the middle, supported by the more experienced James Collins and the talent of youngster Reece Burke.

Sam Allardyce, or whoever is in charge, could splash some cash on a high profile centre back, but it’s more likely that a backup squad player will come into the club.

That would take some of the pressure away from Burke and also deal with the problem that Collins is unable to play a high volume of matches close together.

It’s unclear as to whether Carl Jenkinson is going to stay on after an impressive loan spell from Arsenal. He’s a player that the Hammers will want to hang onto, but as yet no deal has been reached with the Gunners.

If he’s not retained then that’s one position where a talented defender will have to come in and provide some integrity in that position.

However, the Hammers stand a good chance of keeping Jenkinson due to the progress which has been made by Hector Bellerin at his parent club Arsenal this season.

Left-back takes care of itself because Aaron Cresswell has been brilliant in his first season as a West Ham United player.

He’s put in some special performances to win the Player of the Year award at the club inside his first campaign and as long as he stays fit, he’ll start.

The real work in the transfer market is going to come in terms of revitalising the options in midfield and up front.

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