In addition to improving the music played over the Boleyn Ground public address system and ensuring half-time entertainment is always of the highest standard, West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have promised to continue to furnish the Hammers with ‘world-class players’ in the coming years.
The statement is included in a revised version of the two-man brains trust’s ten-point plan for the next five years, released on the half-decade anniversary of their seizure of control in east London on January 19th 2010.
But who might these elite soccer stars be?
Should they land an unlikely, 40/1-rated top four finish, sourcing these top level talents will be easier, but here are a few who might be open to the idea of moving to West Ham in the coming months.
The Argentine schemer doesn’t have much of a future at Paris Saint-Germain, for whom he barely makes a starting lineup.
Les Parisiens recently fined the former Napoli man for failing to attend a training camp in Morocco and plenty of Premier League clubs have been attributed with an interest in his services.
Liverpool are the most commonly mentioned, but as was the case with Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal, if West Ham can satisfy his financial cravings, the lure of London may enable them to pull off the coup.
Similarly, at 29, he won’t be the most attractive proposition to the planet’s bigger clubs.
A marauding midfield runner, the Newcastle man has made a string of non-committal comments regarding his long-term future on Tyneside recently, seemingly angling for a move to Arsenal.
There isn’t much space at the Emirates inn for the Frenchman, however, but his physical prowess that belies that of a typical attacking midfielder makes him the ideal Sam Allardyce conjurer.
The arrival of Wilfried Bony indicates Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini aren’t overly impressed with the Bosnian battering ram’s abilities.
Stoke have been credited with an interest in Dzeko in the winter window and if the Potters are capable of snaring the former Bundesliga golden boot winner, West Ham certainly are.
Powerful, imposing and a lethal finisher, he would effortlessly ingratiate into the Irons’ system, where he would be afforded the minutes on the pitch to yield some major goal hauls.