Dean Ashton pleased with West Ham transfer business

A general view inside the ground prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium on January 2, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham United have signed Jack Wilshere and Lukasz Fabianski among others.

West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold look on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

West Ham United have been quite busy this summer, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side have signed Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea City, Ryan Fredericks, former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund among other players.

It has already been an exciting summer transfer window for West Ham fans, and one suspects that the London club will make further additions to the squad.

Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton is pleased with the Hammers’ transfer business so far.

The former England international has a theory why West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan and David Gold are spending money this summer - due to protests from the fans last season.

Ashton told Sky Sports (Transfer Live blog, 16:51pm, Friday, July 13, 2018): "I feel the fans will be really pleased with the type of signings that are being made.

“They're not going out spending ludicrous amounts but it's a lot when you think about how much West Ham have spent in recent times.

"They looked at the supporter unrest, and the fact they didn't spent much money when they left Upton Park, and this is the reaction we needed from the board, to go out and back a manager with lots of experience. He needs top players to work with.”

A general view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium on January 2, 2018 in London, England.

Exciting times

West Ham’s business so far in the summer transfer window suggests that they have lofty plans for the 2018-19 campaign.

While it is going to be hard for the Hammers to challenge for the top four of the Premier League next season, given the players they are bringing in, fans should expect a quest for the fifth or the sixth spot in the league table in 2018-19.

David Sullivan (L) and David Gold (R) , Joint Chairmen of West Ham United applaud their team after winning the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London...

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