Tim Steidten joined new Head Coach Julen Lopetegui for his first press conference in front of the media as Hammers boss. The German answered questions from the press regarding the hiring of Lopetegui as well as the club’s plans for the summer window.

Steidten joined West Ham a year ago. In his role at the club the German is in charge of the club’s overall recruitment strategy as well as the scouting department. Since being appointed as the club’s new Head Coach it certainly appears as though Lopetegui and Steidten are aligned in their vision for the club and have built a strong foundation for a positive working relationship moving forward.

Joining Lopetegui for his first press conference as Hammers boss, Steidten discussed the hiring of Lopetegui, conversations with current players, as well as the club’s plans for the transfer window, as reported by the clubs Official Website.

Why JL is the perfect fit:

TS: “We were looking for an ambitious coach who showed a hunger to achieve more. It was also important to bring someone in who fitted our profile in terms of style of play, philosophy, communication and integrating young players. After the first meeting we had with Julen, I was 100 per cent convinced he was the right coach for us.”

Plans for the summer window:

TS: “The two of us are talking everyday now, trying to identify players with that right profile. We’re looking to build the squad and it will be a busy summer for all of us. The board have done a good job over recent years, so we’re in a good position where we won’t have to sell to spend money. Ultimately it doesn’t matter where players come from, it’s our job to find the right players for West Ham United.”

Current Hammers:

TS: “I’ve spoken to Edson Alvarez, who has suffered an injury while away with Mexico. Our medical team are in contact with the Mexico staff, and he’s doing the first part of his rehab with them before he comes back to England.”

(On Lucas Paqueta) TS: “I’ve spoken to Lucas Paqueta as well, and I actually visited him when I was over in Brazil watching some games. We’re looking forward to having him back with us, because he’s a really important member of our team and the West Ham family.”