The Hammers are in a relatively unique position insofar that they have a solid core of players they must hang on to, but also boast a deluge of superfluous contributors who they will surely be looking to replace.
Whether it be through age, contact expiries, or simply not cutting it for Manuel Pellegrini, you would expect a steady stream of talents to be heading for the exit door this summer.
And that ultimately means that replacements must be bought.
It’s all well and good clearing out the deadwood, but if funds aren’t properly reinvested, all you manage to achieve is the creation of a vacuum.
That’s why Hammers fans will be delighted to hear that the club are in a strong position to land one of their key targets.
The 29-cap Portugal international spent last year at Goodison Park on loan, but the Hammers made the first move with an £18 million bid earlier in the week.
That was rejected, and it is understood that Barca are holding out for closer to £30 million, but with Tottenham out of the picture, the Irons surely stand a decent chance of landing their man.
If they can go again with an improved bid sooner rather than later, they could blow Everton out of the water.