Former West Ham United midfielder Rob Lee has claimed David Moyes will need to spend £100m this summer in order to keep the Hammers competitive next season.
Moyes has transformed the club’s fortunes this season having narrowly avoided relegation last year, and the Scotsman has taken his side to within eight matches of European qualification after moving into the Premier League top four.
Having failed to replace Sebastien Haller in the January transfer window following the Ivorian’s departure to Ajax for £22.5m (BBC), Moyes was left relying upon the prolonged and unlikely fitness of Michail Antonio.
“Well, I think if you look at the team they’ve got a good side, but as I said before if you get a few injuries then it’s different.
“You’re looking at spending £100 million because the average player costs £20-30 million and they’ll be average, so they might not get into the team.
“Hopefully Gold and Sullivan are now in a place where they trust David Moyes’ judgement on players to sign.”
Do West Ham need to invest £100m this summer?
Signing impressive Czech duo Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal for a combined £20.19m (Transfermarkt) has proven to be a masterstroke.
Seldom have West Ham entered the market in such a position of strength, and the hierarchy would be wise to capitalise on the progress made.