Joe Hart says West Ham are aiming for at least a top eight finish next season.
The England keeper is one of four big names to join the Hammers this summer. Former – and now current – team-mate Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and most recently Javier Hernandez have also made the switch the the London Stadium, and Hart believes such acquisitions will help the club to have a strong season.
Our intention is to be inside the top eight in the Premier League and even higher than that,” Hart told Sky Sports. “The chairmen have backed the team with the money that they’ve spent and we have to aim high.
“Realistically, winning the league is going to be extremely tough, but we’re going to aim for the highest we can do and compete at every level.
“We’ve got an interesting start to the season, away at Manchester United, and that will be a good test for us.”
The 30-year-old – who joined West Ham on a season long loan earlier this summer having been frozen out of Manchester City by manager Pep Guardiola – also believes Javier Hernandez can be a top signing for the club.
“He’s a finisher. Sir Alex Ferguson over the years was a genius at having players like that and using them at the right time in pursuit of winning titles,” Hart said.
He went to Real Madrid and then Leverkusen, still scoring goals in the Champions League and still showing what a top player he is.
“Now is his time to come back to the Premier League and show he should be a No 1 striker.”