Kevin Nolan makes a very bold prediction about West Ham

Kevin Nolan of West Ham United warms up prior to the Europa League match between FC Astra Giurgiu and West Ham United at Marin Anastasovici on August 6, 2015 in Giurgiu, Romania.

West Ham United fans will be expecting their side to challenge for the top seven next season.

Kevin Nolan player head coach

Kevin Nolan suggested that West Ham should be aiming for a top six finish in the Premier League table next season, when speaking exclusively to the club's official website.

The Hammers finished in 10th spot last term, and despite some fantastic results, their season was undermined by inconsistency.

Manuel Pellegrini has already begun his summer rebuild at West Ham by bringing in Pablo Fornals from Villarreal, but his business seems to be far from finished.

 

The Hammers are interested in signing Celta Vigo hitman Maxi Gomez, according to Sky Sports, whilst Salomon Rondon continues to get touted as a potential new arrival in east London (Football.London).

And if West Ham do manage to sign at least one of those two players, they will be in a great position to make a real push for the European places next season, especially with some of the players that are due to be back from injury.

Nolan told WHUFC.com that he thinks the Hammers can challenge for the top six:

Kevin Nolan manager of Notts County looks on during the Sky Bet League Two match between Notts County and Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane on August 25, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

"I think, this year, West Ham have the quality and the squad to be the best team outside the top six, and that should be the target next season. With the money invested, and with Pablo Fornals coming in from Villarreal, it’s another statement of intent from the owners and Manuel Pellegrini that they want to go even better. The mentality of the club, with the investment, is to be looking to break into that top six."

It will be incredibly hard for Pellegrini's men to force their way into the top six, but they should certainly be targeting seventh spot, what with the quality on display at the London Stadium.

West Ham start the new Premier League campaign with a home game against reigning champions Manchester City on August 10th.

Manuel Pellegrini the head coach

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