West Ham are reportedly close to signing former Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli as they seek to build a squad capable of bettering last season’s seventh-placed finish.
The Irons threatened to gatecrash the Champions League places in 2015/16 and they can be backed at 8/1 to land a top-four berth next term.
Algerian international Feghouli follows midfielder Havard Nordtveit and young strikers Tony Martinez and Domingos Quina in joining up ahead of the club’s first campaign at the Olympic Stadium.
But who else should they add to their ranks? Who should be moved on in order to make room for the new arrivals? Who should be kept at all costs?
Buy – Arkadiusz Milik
The regularity with which Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia succumbed to injury in 2015/16 was far from ideal and a more robust line-leader would be a boon to consistency within Slaven Bilic’s squad.
Polish international Milik registered 24 goals and 12 assists in all competitions for Ajax last season and has already opened his scoring account at Euro 2016.
Only 22 and with a hint of the Thomas Muller about his way of drifting uncannily into pockets of space, he missed just nine games across the last two campaigns through physical mishaps.
Sell – Enner Valencia
Despite his propensity for the odd screamer, Valencia has proven mercurial in the extreme since his arrival in East London.
With the Ecuadorian still only 26, it could be tempting for the Irons to cash in on him while the memories of his more recent wonder goals are still fresh in the minds of potential purchasers.
Keep – Reece Oxford
History tells us that when big status teams come sniffing around Irons youth products then the longer their covetousness can be thwarted the better.
West Ham have a good deal more going for them now than they did when subsequent Champions League winners Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick flew the nest.
For Oxford, who could go on to take over the midfield baton from Mark Noble, tasting Champions League football in claret and blue can’t seem as forlorn a prospect as it may have done for his turn-of-the-millennium forebears.