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Evening Standard reporter claims David Moyes’ West Ham will attack Europa League

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Evening Standard journalist Jack Rosser insists David will not be playing a weakened team when West Ham United get their Europa League campaign underway later this month.

The Hammers qualified for the competition after registering a club record number of Premier League points last season.

West Ham are set to go head-to-head with Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Vienna after being drawn in Europa League Group H last month.

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With European football on the horizon, Hammers boss was hoping to bolster his squad with a host of new signings before the window slammed shut earlier this week.

It initally looked like would be made to settle for the loan arrival of Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain along with defender Kurt Zouma joining from London rivals Chelsea.

But the Hammers managed to welcome CSKA Moscow ace Nikola Vlasic in a big-money move and 23-year-old Czech Republic midfielder Alex Kral on a season-long loan, with a view to making the permanent, on deadline day.

Despite an increase in the number of fixtures coming their way this season, Rosser claims will not be using the Europa League as an opportunity to rotate his squad.

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He told TIF: “I certainly don’t think they’ll play weak teams in the Europa League. I think it’s such a big chance for them and obviously earlier in the season you’re able to have a good go at that and it won’t impact them as much as it might further down the line.

“The players are incredibly fit under Moyes. Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Vladimir Coufal, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen can run all week. They can go like there’s no tomorrow.”

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