West Ham are looking to make the most of their new recruitment structure by bringing in a few players before the start of pre-season on July 1st.

The Hammers are moving quickly this summer, something the fans are not used to at all after five years of David Moyes’ cautious approach.

Julen Lopetegui’s first signing as Hammers boss is close to completion as Brazil international Fabricio Bruno looks set to arrive from Flamengo for a reported €12 million fee with an additional €1.5 million in potential add-ons. After the signing of Bruno, the club do not intend to slow down in the transfer market.

ExWHUEmployee has reported that Tim Steidten and Julen Lopetegui are hoping to get at least a couple more new faces in before pre-season training starts in just over a month. This is backed up by the recent move for former Sheffield United and Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, he looks set to move to East London on a free transfer as a third choice goalkeeper option.

Steidten and the new Head Coach have a massive job on their hands this summer as a huge turnaround is required in the squad. Angelo Ogbonna, Ben Johnson, Divin Mubama, Joseph Anang and Kalvin Phillips are all but certain to leave the London Stadium this summer. With Flynn Downes, Nayef Aguerd, Danny Ings and Lucas Paquetá all being linked with a move away.

The Hammers have been heavily interested in a move for young Brazilian sensation Wesley Gassova from Corinthians. Steidten was confident of securing the signing of the 19-year-old, but a reported change in the price demanded has put the club off his signature.

Another central defender is also a target for Steidten, with recent links to Malick Thiaw (AC Milan), Maxence Lacroux (Wolfsburg) and Odilon Kossounou (Bayer Leverkusen) due to their links to Will Salthouse, an agent and good friend of David Sullivan. There have also been links to a free move for Tosin Adarabioyo, but he looks set to join Newcastle United. Finally, moves for attackers have been spoken about by ExWHUEmployee.

Brian Brobbey and Steven Bergwijn of Ajax have been mentioned as well as two strikers from Greece. Vangelis Pavlidis (AZ Alkmaar) and Fotis Ioannidis (Panathinaikos) continue to interest the club after being linked in January. West Ham fans can expect at least two more arrivals before pre-season training resumes at the beginning of July. These new arrivals will most likely be in defence and attack.

By Daniel Luker