New West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has stated that he wants ‘four or five’ new players at the club this summer.

The experienced Chilean trainer has been hired as David Moyes’ successor, with the consensus of opinion among the Hammers ranks that it is a shrewd appointment.

The West Ham board have clearly worked hard to bring Pellegrini to the club – but the next challenge will be to back him in the transfer market.

Perceived failures in recruitment have been key reasons behind the Hammers’ recent struggles and Pellegrini is expected to play a key role in adding new faces to the playing squad this summer.

The new West Ham boss has been candid over his plans immediately, stating that he wants a mini revamp of the group over the next two months.

“I think West Ham has a very good team. I know all of the players and I saw most of the games that they played last season,” Pellegrini is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“So I am sure that, with the players we have in this moment in the squad, and bringing maybe another four or five players in, we are going to have a strong team.

“I think that West Ham had a difficult season last season and I hope that next season we are going to play football that will delight the fans.”

West Ham have a number of positions in which reinforcements are clearly needed, with the spine of the team not as strong as most fans would like.

With a new exciting manager in place, if the club can back Pellegrini in the transfer market there are high hopes of a successful 2018-19 campaign.