David Gold gives insight into West Ham United's plans for the Europa League

West Ham United's Europa League campaign is set to begin at the end of July.

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has suggested that his side will have completed new signings before their European campaign commences, on the club's official site.

West Ham’s qualification for the Europa League was confirmed after Manchester United beat Crystal Palace at Wembley to win the FA Cup.

West Ham had finished seventh in the Premier League, and needed United to win that match to ensure that they were in Europe for the second consecutive season.

Last season, West Ham used the Europa League as a competition to test out some of their brightest youngsters.

The tactic did not exactly pay off, as they were dumped out in the qualification stages by minnows Astra Giurgiu.

However, Gold has suggested that West Ham will continue to pick the youngsters in the competition - although he does expect some new signings to be in the squad too.

“It will also be another great opportunity for our young players to get European experience and a number of them showed their quality when we played in the early rounds last summer," Gold said. 

“They are now a year older and have more experience under their belt so will be better equipped to deal with the pressures of playing in such a big competition.

“We will also have new signings coming into the squad who will also make the squad stronger and it will be another great opportunity for us to challenge for major silverware and a Champions League position.”

West Ham’s Europa League qualifying campaign will begin on July 28th, so the London club are clearly intending to wrap up business early on in the transfer window.

The Hammers have already made one signing this summer, bringing in Havard Nordtveit.

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