Danny Gabbidon outlines just how high he thinks West Ham can aim this season

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The former Hammers defender believes the club can establish themselves as a top-four club for the long-term and reach the FA Cup final.

Former West Ham United defender Danny Gabbidon has claimed that the club should realistically be aiming to establish themselves as a top-four club and reach the FA Cup final this season, as quoted by London 24.

The Hammers are enjoying a fine season in their first campaign under Slaven Bilic, and current sit just a point off a Champions League spot in the Premier League table.

They are also enjoying a fine FA Cup run, and can book a semi-final date against Everton at Wembley if they can overcome Manchester United in their quarter-final replay at Upton Park.

Gabbidon, who played 113 games in six years for the Hammers, insisted that the club should be targeting success on both fronts, and tipped them to maintain a top-four position next season if they can repeat their success in the sumemr transfer market.

The 36-year-old said, as quoted by London 24: "It is the top four for me and the FA Cup final is definitely achievable. Look at the way they have been playing. In the Chelsea game the other week they were brilliant and deserved to win the game, and they just looked fearless and ready to take on anyone in the league.

"The whole squad is really strong now and with one or two additions in the summer, I think they can go for a top-four placing next season too. They have got a really good mix, the defenders can play, the midfield is so strong and full of flair and the strikers are really powerful.

"They can play any sort of tactics, they are so good on the counter-attack and that can be a very effective tactic. For me, a place in the FA Cup final would be nice and a top-four place as well, I don’t see why not."

It has already been the Irons' most successful season in recent memory, and the sort of success hoped for by Gabbidon would certainly be a fitting way to commemorate the club's last season at Upton Park before they take up residence in the Olympic Stadium next season.

The Hammers face home matches against freefalling Crystal Palace and a big clash with Arsenal in early April before taking on United for a place at Wembley on 13 April.

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