Tony Cottee on the vital thing about West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium

Tony Cottee

West Ham United legend Tony Cottee has been speaking about the club's big move to the Olympic Stadium this summer.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesTony Cottee

The homegrown Hammer, who scored 115 goals in two spells with his boyhood club in the 80s and 90s, still keeps a close eye on the goings on in East London.

After a fine first season under Slaven Bilic, where West Ham recorded their best ever Premier League points total and first positive goal difference for 30 years, things are looking bright.

HammersOS Picture Supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** 2011-02-10T205903Z_01_CLH101_RTRIDSP_3_OLYMPICS-LONDON-STADIUM.jpgThe Olympic Stadium beckons for West Ham

Olympic Stadium move looms large

Added to that is the buzz ahead of this summer's move to West Ham's new 60,000 seater home in Stratford which is just weeks away.

Judging by the record number of season ticket sales - the club has sold 52,000 season tickets and is now only behind Manchester United in that regard - the vast majority of fans are backing the move from their beloved Boleyn Ground home of 112 years.

But in an interview with the club's official website, Cottee warned simply having more fans is no guarantee for a successful migration.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staffWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after a fine first season in charge

'It is vital we get off to a good start'

And he has revealed what he feels are the key factors to getting it right.

"We need a regular goalscorer and if we get one, it will help us improve on where we finished," Cottee told whufc.com.

"The object for the club over the next five-years is to progress and to help us do that we need a goalscorer.

"We have got a big move coming up this summer and it is vital that we get off to a good start – having said that we lost the first two home games last season and look at what we did after that.

"We managed to stay unbeaten at home for the majority of the season. But it will obviously be nice for us to get off to a good start."

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	West Ham United co chairman David Sullivan after the press conferenceWest Ham United co-owner David Sullivan outside the Olympic Stadium

Settle quickly into new surroundings

The Hammers start life at the Olympic Stadium with a Europa League qualifier against as yet unknown opposition - the draw is made on July 15th - before a run of winnable Premier League matches starting with Bournemouth.

But given how open the Premier League was last season, no games are easy and Bilic will have to ensure his side settle quickly into their new surroundings.

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