Report: West Ham plan up to five summer signings

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West Ham are formulating plans for this summer, but could they change with Champions League qualification?

West Ham United are plotting significant transfer activity in the summer, report The Times.

The Hammers are currently fifth in the Premier League, and one replay away from an FA Cup semi-final.

Already plans are being formulated for the transfer window, with The Times reporting: "West Ham plan to sign up to five players for next season as they move to the Olympic Stadium."

One of these five deals is their plan to sign loanee Manuel Lanzini on a permanent basis.

Another is midfielder Havard Nordtveit, who would be a free signing from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Also touted in the report as a potential addition is Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, and Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi, while The Mirror claim Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon is another option.

Could activity even ramp up?

The paper claim the Hammers are looking at up to five deals, with one of them being a loanee already at the club.

If they achieve Champions League qualification then it is realistic to expect that with the extra income that would generate, that they would be even more active in the transfer market.

The squad is clearly moving in the right direction and is high on quality, but if they have extra European games to play, especially at a higher level than they are used to competing in, then further additions will be required.

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