West Ham co-owner David Gold makes exciting promise over next summer's transfer plans

West Ham - Upton Park: Boleyn Ground

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has pledged to sign even bigger and better players ready for the Olympic Stadium next summer.

The Hammers chief has sounded a warning to rival clubs that he and fellow co-owner David Sullivan are serious about challenging the Premier League elite.

West Ham will leave their Boleyn Ground home of 112 years for the Olympic Stadium at the end of the season.

The club looks to be going there in high spirits with Slaven Bilic leading the East Londoners to sixth place in the Premier League a third of the way through the campaign having collected some famous wins over Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea already this season.

The Hammers are playing football more akin to their attacking roots and have enjoyed two outstanding summer transfer windows in recent years with additions such as Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho, Chiekhour Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Victor Moses, Enner Valencia and Angelo Ogbonna to name but a few.

'We want to do things better than our competitors'

And as if moving into the huge 54,000 seater arena at Stratford with what is regarded as their best squad in decades was not exciting enough, Gold has now pledged to keep adding to it in his latest column on West Ham's official website.

"I know that Slaven went back to see the new Stadium last week and he is getting even more excited about the impending move to our new home," Gold told whufc.com.

"I have said it before but the changes that are taking place there are unbelievable.

"The players will want to play there and it will help us when it comes to signing even more big name players.

"We want to do things better than our competitors and Slaven knows it will be a big bonus for him."

Olympic Stadium factor already paying off

The fact the club is moving to the Olympic Stadium is already paying off.

Key defenders Winston Reid and James Tomkins and skipper Mark Noble have all signed long-term deals with the Hammers citing the excitement around the move as a contributing factor.

And the likes of Payet, Song and Ogbonna also bought into the fact they would be playing in the last season at such a historical ground before moving to their impressive new home.

Leaving will be emotional, though, of that there is no doubt.

The ground has been graced by the likes of England World Cup winning trio Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, Billy Bonds, Sir Trevor Brooking, Julian Dicks and more recently that man Di Canio and Carlos Tevez as well as countless greats from opposing teams over the years.

So when they do depart after that final game against Swansea in May, there will be excitement as well as sadness.

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