Date: 9th May 2019 at 7:08am
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West Ham have a busy summer ahead of them. 

The Hammers have had a fairly decent season, peppered with eye-catching results and abysmal capitulations, but one that, all in all, feels like progress.

There is still work to be done, however, and that work will begin as soon as possible as the club look to continue Manuel Pellegrini’s steady revolution with a summer of transfer activity.

First priority will surely be to clear out some of the deadwood that is weighing down his squad.

There are far too many players with over-inflated reputations on over-inflated contracts, and streamlining his playing staff will allow Pellegrini to free up funds to make moves elsewhere.

One of the main areas you would expect movement in would be the striking department. Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez, and perhaps even Javier Hernandez, all feel as if they could be on their way out, and despite signing a new contract in January, there are no assurances about Marko Arnautovic either.

Replacements will be needed, and quality replacements at that.

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has been touted, but as reported in the Express, the Hammers, could face stiff competition for the Serbian hitman.

Southampton are said to be keen on a £30 million deal, and West Ham must pull their fingers out if they are to ensure he stays in London.

The 24-year-old is a class act, and would appear to be the sort of striker that would fit in well at West Ham.

A hustling, bustling nuisance with an eye for goal, the Hammers must act quickly to make him theirs.