Co-owner David Gold says these are exciting times for West Ham and delivers transfer update

West Ham United co-owner David Gold says these are exciting times for the squad which he and fellow co-owner David Sullivan are working hard to strengthen.

Gold was speaking to West Ham's official website in the wake of the club's Europa League first qualifying round draw on Monday afternoon.

The Hammers were drawn to face Andorran minnow FC Lusitans in a two-legged affair on July 2 and 9, and with the first game just 10 days away, West Ham's players were back in pre-season training on Monday.

Although it means a much earlier start to competitive football than usual for the club, Gold says the players are buzzing about what lies ahead.

And he says the excitement will only build as he and Sullivan work to add more quality additions to Slaven Bilic's squad following the signings of goalkeeper Darren Randolph and Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang.

"I know some of the players have returned for the start of pre-season training and there is a great deal of excitement around the squad," he told West Ham's official website. "This is the beginning of a new adventure and there is a really good feel around the place.

"We have already signed Darren Randolph and Pedro Obiang and we are working hard behind the scenes to try and strengthen the squad," he added.

More strength in depth

Both Gold and Sullivan are striving to provide Bilic with more strength in depth after watching the East Londoners slip from fourth at Christmas to 12th by the end of last season.

Realistically Randolph, as a back-up 'keeper for number one Adrian, would not fall into the category of 'major signing' so Hammers fans will hope to see more key arrivals as the club gears up for the last ever season at its historic Boleyn Ground.

And you can see where Gold gets his enthusiasm from too, with the Irons all set to move down the road to Stratford and the 54,000 seater Olympic Stadium this time next year.

The move will undoubtedly help the club attract better quality players and enable them to bid big for world stars given the increased revenue streams, which can only help new manager Bilic.

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