Moyes could have 6 new signings in the dream West Ham XI against Man City

West Ham United could be ready to field more than half a squad of new signings against Manchester City on opening day if David Moyes gets his wish.

The Hammers are keen to strengthen their squad after reaching the Europa League semi-finals last season and finishing 7th in the Premier League after a long slog that saw them compete for a Champions League place.

But with so many moving parts in the current transfer window, what does a dream Moyes window look like for West Ham ahead of the season opener? Probably something like this…

The club are looking to make some big signings for the team this summer to try and improve their chances of fighting in Europe, and they immediately assured Alphonse Areola would stay at the club beyond his loan spell.

His season-long loan from PSG has come to an end but has now turned into a permanent five-year contract, and he will face Lukasz Fabianski for the number one shirt this season. With an eye on the future, it’s possible the Frenchman will get the green light to start the season.

In defence, Vladimir Coufal is set to get the green light in his right-back slot after facing competition from Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson to be first-choice. At left-back, Aaron Cresswell is expected to remain first choice, although the club are eyeing a potential new signing.

At the heart of their backline they have a new face, with Morocco international Nayef Aguerd joining the club to link up with Kurt Zouma and form a truly solid partnership.

Declan Rice is expected to stay at the club for at least another season but his midfield partner is likely to change, with Moyes targeting a new option following the retirement of Mark Noble and the exit of Alex Kral.

Tomas Soucek’s future is up in the air and West Ham are looking at Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans as a potential option to help the club step up.

Before this midfielder, it could almost entirely be a new unit if Moyes and the club can do what they want. Jarrod Bowen’s position on the right wing is secure, after an outstanding season which earned him a first call-up to England.

The club are already trying to re-sign Jesse Lingard on a free transfer after his successful loan spell in the 2020/21 season, and his contract with Manchester United has now officially expired. In the number ten role, he could be the perfect foil to connect midfield and attack.

On the left, the club have been tipped to move Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma [El Desmarque], who shone in the Champions League last season. His signature is the least likely of them all, but if the opportunity arises, the club are unlikely to go past it.

Up front, Armando Broja is the club’s number one target to add competition to Michail Antonio and if he is successfully signed, Moyes will have no qualms about throwing him straight into the deep end.

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