Ecuador’s World Cup hotshot Enner Valencia hasn’t quite become West Ham’s fifth signing of the summer yet, but with Sky Sports already calling the 25-year-old’s £15m move from Mexican side Pachuca as done, Irons fans expect an imminent announcement.
Valencia will compete for a centre-forward starting berth with Andy Carroll next term, as well as fellow east end newboy Mauro Zarate, who has Premier League experience from his time at Birmingham in 2008.
Wing-forwards Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing have no need to fear for their places just yet, but Sam Allardyce’s midfield recruits should shake up stalwarts Mark Noble and Mohamed Diame.
Diame’s place in particular looks in danger from either Senegalese import Cheikhou Kouyate, who has arrived from Anderlecht, or Sunderland boss Gus Poyet’s son Diego, the former Charlton youth.
Number ten and captain Kevin Nolan should have at least another term left in him at 32.
In defence, Aaron Cresswell – who left Ipswich for east London during the summer – will slot straight in on the left.
The 24-year-old has already made over 200 senior appearances in a six-season career so far and reportedly cost West Ham north of £2m.
The rest of Allardyce’s backline isn’t expected to change, with Guy Demel, Winston Reid and James Tomkins looking quite set in front of the impressive Adrian.