Now that they’re all settled into their sparkly new stadium after a year of acclimatisation, West Ham United will feel that it is time to get their Premier League ambitions back on track.
Hammers fans here in the Transfer Tavern still grumble about their final year at Upton Park in which their side exceeded all expectations to finish 7th, and even threatened a Champions League spot for large swathes of the season.
Gathered around the jukebox and singing something about bubbles, our landlord managed to sneak in amongst the crowd to have a quick chat about manager Slaven Bilic’s summer transfer plans, and suggested the east London club should launch a cheeky bid for AC Milan’s M’Baye Niang.
The Frenchman spent the second half of the season on loan at Watford, in which his pace, movement, and trickery astounded followers of the Premier League across the globe.
The 22-year-old does not look to be in the plans of Milan boss Vincenzo Montella, and the Hammers should take advantage of the situation by securing a move for the player.
Diafra Sakho has fallen out of favour with Bilic, and with Enner Valencia to possibly leave, West Ham need offensive reinforcements.
Niang is young and ambitious, and would slide seamlessly into a Hammers side looking to challenge for European football once again next season.
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