Manuel Pellegrini to get £75million to reshape West Ham and claims four or five new players will make them strong
The new boss said: “Bringing in maybe another four or five players, we are going to have a strong team.”
Pell, 64, was unveiled as Hammers chief yesterday and is the club’s highest-paid manager in history.
The Chilean signed a deal worth £18.5million over three years, plus add-ons for a top-seven Premier League finish.
Pellegrini won the 2013-14 title and League Cup with Manchester City and replaces axed David Moyes at West Ham — concluding talks with joint-chairman David Sullivan on Monday night.
Pell, 64, added: “With the owners, technical staff and fans, we have an important power and can think about reaching important targets for the season.
“Every time I spoke with the owner Mister Sullivan, I always had the feeling that he wants me.”
With some big names off the wage bill and expected sales in the coming weeks the Hammers are primed for a very busy summer.
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Defence is a key area to strengthen, with Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles on the radar.
The end of Joe Hart’s one-year loan from City will free up around £120,000 a week in wages.
Veterans Pablo Zabaleta, 33, and James Collins, 34, are also headed for the exit — with Crystal Palace keen on £15m-rated forward Michail Antonio.
A new long-term deal for Argie playmaker Manuel Lanzini, 25, is also likely this summer with Liverpool interested.
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