Slaven Bilic confirms there will be new faces in West Ham's Europa League team on Thursday

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers boss suggested that Sofiane Feghouli and Havard Nordtveit could start against NK Domzale.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the club's official website that some of the club's summer signings will start the Europa League third qualifying round clash with NK Domzale on Thursday.

The Hammers have signed four major senior players so far this summer, with central midfielder Havard Nordtveit, wingers Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore, and striker Ashley Fletcher all joining the club.

Fletches has already scored twice for the club in pre-season, and in their last match, a 3-0 win over Karlsruher which was Bilic's side's first victory of the summer, both the young striker and Feghouli found the net.

The Irons are now gearing up for the start of their competitive season on Thursday night, and when asked whether any of the new stars could feature, Bilic confirmed there would be some new faces.

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He suggested that although it is likely to be too soon for Tore to make an appearance, both Feghouli and Nordtveit have seen enough training and match action in friendlies to be ready to make their competitive bow.

Bilic told the club's website: "The new players are also starting to gel with the team, and with the group that we have – and with Mark as the leader – it’s easy to gel. They have made a really good impression and some of them will start, definitely.

"If you are talking about Feghouli, if you are talking about Nordtveit, they started when we started because they didn’t have international football this summer. They are really quality players and they are what we expected from them.

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"Of course they are going to get better and better, but already it is obvious that they are going to improve our squad and make a huge impact on the quality of our game, as well as Tore, who came a little bit after. We are ready, and we are going to come out with the best possible team. All the guys are fit, apart from the ones that I mentioned."

Hammers fans will be excited to see their new arrivals in serious action for the first time ahead of the club's first competitive fixture at their new Olympic Stadium home next weekend in the second leg.

They will be hoping that the quality of signings made by Bilic so far this summer will stand the club in good stead to launch an all-out assault on the top four this term.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

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