Date: 14th May 2019 at 3:31pm
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OPINION

West Ham finished the season with a comprehensive 4-1 thrashing of Watford on Sunday to finish in the top half of the Premier League.

After the win, the attention will surely have changed to the transfer window for Manuel Pellegrini and the Hammers board with reports claiming they are preparing a summer clear-out to make space for new arrivals in the window.

The Evening Standard report claims that strikers, Jordan Hugill, Lucas Perez and potentially Javier Hernandez face the axe from the squad with a ambition to bring in a new forward at the club. With Andy Carroll being allowed to leave on a free when his contract expires, there is certainly space for one or two new strikers.

TuttoMercatoWeb have released a report linking West Ham with Spezia striker David Okereke on Tuesday afternoon but Irons boss Pellegrini has to aim higher than that.

Although Okereke, 21, has enjoyed a great season in Serie B, being involved in 22 goals in his 32 league appearances, the Nigeria Under-23 international is not ready for the step up to Premier League football.

This is mainly because the players that are being told they can leave the club are arguably better than the young Nigerian.

Pellegrini needs to be in the market for someone who can challenge Marco Arnautovic and his spot in the side. If the Austrian has no real challenge that could replace him within an instance, he can begin to take it easy and look lethargic.