The day after West Ham appointed Slaven Bilic as their new manager, the Guardian raise the expectations of Hammers fans on Wednesday on the back page of their paper.
According to the broadsheet, Croatian boss Bilic is set for a summer “spending spree” that could see a slew of top quality talent join the Irons in the off-season.
For the record, West Ham’s off-season is much shorter than most of their Premier League rivals, as the Hammers return to action on July 2 as they face a Europa League qualifier.
West Ham’s top target is Chelsea striker Loic Remy. The Guardian believe that Jose Mourinho is “reluctant” to sell Remy, however the Chelsea boss will agree to the deal if the striker “wishes to leave”.
Elsewhere, Slaven Bilic is linked to a handful of midfielders including Sampdoria’s Pedro Obiang, plus Turkish internationals Gokhan Tore and Olcay Sahan.
The most ambitious target, however, could be 18-year-old Barcelona starlet Alen Halilovic. The Guardian report:
West Ham are also exploring the possibility of securing the teenage Croatia midfielder Alen Halilovic on a season-long loan from Barcelona, where he has featured regularly for the B side.