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West Ham United should be able to attract some of the best players in the world now that Manuel Pellegrini is in charge, according to Carlton Cole.

The former Hammers striker believes the appointment of the Chilean will be a massive boost to the club and feels they will now be in a position to target names they previously would not have.

Cole also stated that he felt the Premier League winning manager will try to bring in a number of additions to help the team play the attractive football the London Stadium faithful desire.

“Definitely he is going to be attracting a few top players that he wants to fit into the team now. He may let a few go and let a few in. His money is going to be spent wisely,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s hard to [pick specific positions]. I think he needs to galvanise the team he has already got and then add a few players who can bring different angles to the team. Help approach the style of play he wants.

“You have to look at his history – he likes to play the ball on the floor. He’s gonna get some ball players in, maybe a defender, midfielder and striker.”

Pellegrini was named as the new West Ham boss last week to replace David Moyes and will be looking to guide the Hammers to a European football spot next season.

The Irons struggled down the bottom of the table last season, however, they managed to stave off relegation but fans will be expecting the 64-year-old to ensure they are in the right half of the Premier League next season.

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