Paul Merson backs West Ham for Champions League within four years

West Ham Upton Park

The Hammers look set for a bright future under Slaven Bilic.

Paul Merson would be shocked if West Ham do not make the Champions League within four years, he has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast April 30th.

The Hammers have enjoyed a fine first year under Slaven Bilic this season, competing for a European place throughout.

They current sit fifth in the table and just four points behind Manchester City in fourth, with a crucial game in hand against Manchester United to come.

Finishing in the top four would be a superb end to what has been an excellent year for them, their last at Upton Park, but even if they don’t make it in, Merson expects they’ll be a Champions League club before too long.

“I think with the deal they got with the new stadium, they could be big players in the years to come,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“I would be shocked if, within the next four years, they’re not playing Champions League football. With the deal they’ve got with the stadium and the amount of money they can spend now, I think they will.”

“People will go there now; they’ll want to play with the likes of Payet and Lanzini as long as they stay.”

This summer in particular certainly appears to be gearing up as one of the most exciting for Hammers fans in quite some time.

The club has money to spend, and after an impressive year, which may end up with a top four finish and Champions League, they certainly keen to build.

A new striker seems to be top of their wish list, with rumours having linked them to top strikers across Europe in recent months.

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