Three players West Ham need to sign before the start of the season
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It's evident that West Ham needs to bolster up their squad for the upcoming season. Alphonse Areola became the clubs first signing on Thursday. The goalkeeper impressed at Fulham last season and has joined the club on a loan deal with an option to buy.

With European football on the horizon, West Ham need to make a statement of intent and follow up the previous season with some additions. These are some players who West Ham need to sign before the season opener at St James Park.

  • Jesse Lingard's replacement

It has been understood that Jesse Lingard won't be returning to the club following his prodigious loan spell. The second best option is Matheus Pereira and West Ham desperately need to get this done before the Newcastle game. Pereira was simply stunning last season, with 17 goal contributions and a respectable defensive input, which Moyes would love.

West Ham fans across social media have been praying for this move to happen as they think that the Brazil-born West Brom playmaker is the perfect fit for West Ham

Pereira has the ability to test himself at the highest of levels and wants to play European football, West Ham have that to offer. The creative midfielder can become a favourite amongst the Hammers fans with his creative style of play and wand of a left foot. 

A Premier League proven player, Pereira truly has the talent to have a Dimitri Payet-like effect on West Ham. Fans should really be excited about the prospect of this, if the club pulls it off then David Moyes has a player who can transform the team right in front of him.

  • A proven striker

Tammy Abraham has been linked with West Ham for some time now and it was once stated by ExWHUemployee that he was David Moyes' number 1 target. Tammy is a prolific striker who scores an array of goals, with great movement and strikers instinct, he would be a superb option for next season.

Michail Antonio has seen his transition into a striker pay out very successfully, however you cannot place your bets on him being fit for the whole season, being renowned for his dodgy hamstrings.

Chelsea are said to have dropped their asking from around £40m, down to £30m, which is a figure which seems a bit substantial, but when you consider the fee the Hammers paid for Sebastien Haller, it seems very much worth splashing the cash on Abraham.

Since Thomas Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge, Tammy has been unfairly treated in the opinion of many. Tuchel has opted for the misfiring and lacklustre Timo Werner instead. This transfer ticks all the boxes for both clubs, West Ham get a quality, proven and clinical striker which they have been after for so long and Chelsea get rid of a player who needs regular football but won't get that there.

  • An ambitious centre back

Nikola Milenkovic is supposedly getting closer to a move to East London. The towering centre back is just 23 years old and possesses great physicality and defensive ability. A move rumoured to set the hammers back around £20m, which in future has the possibility of being seen as a bargain deal.

The Serbian is man-made for the Premier League and retains excellent stats which see him ready for the big step-up. 

Angelo Ogbonnaand Milenkovic could easily prove to be one of the best defensive partnerships in the entirety of the league, should he sign. Both are tall and strong with first-class aerial ability.

A truly impressive centre back who has gained interest from some of the giants of Europe before. Milenkovic would be yet another tidy bit of business from David Moyes.

Why do West Ham need to sign them before the Newcastle game

If David Moyes wants to see his team start quickly this season, then he must snap up these three players as quickly as he can. It's important to get your starting 11 nailed down as soon as you can because it can cause inconsistency if otherwise. 

These players all have the quality to slot straight into the team and help reach West Ham's ambitions for the season ahead.

It'll be much easier to get the signings wrapped up in the next two weeks, therefore Moyes can turn his attention more to the Premier League without having to worry about making any key signings.

Making these signings would not only help West Ham in the Premier League and other domestic cups but also in their UEFA Europa League campaign, in which they'll be eager to impress.