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It was always going to be tough adapting to a new stadium, but West Ham United have made it look particularly hard this season.

After achieving a seventh place finish last year and securing a Europa league spot, the Hammers currently find themselves in 13th, although it was looking much worse until a run of three wins in a row lifted them away from the drop.

However, if the club are to achieve anything like the points tally they did last term, they will need to strengthen in January, particularly after Dimitri Payet appears to be unlikely to play for them again.

We spoke with Blowing Bubbles' David Blackmore about his hopes for this window.

Please note that this interview was conducted before the January transfer window opened.

Thoughts on Summer Activity:

It was a complete disaster in hindsight. The players brought in looked good on paper but they haven't been able to step up when players have been injured.

Area that Needs Improvement:

We desperately need a right back. Alvaro Arbeloa is knocking on, Sam Byram is injured and both Michail Antonio and Havard Nordtveit simply aren’t right-backs. Teams are targeting this vulnerable area with great success. We're also in need of a striker who can avoid being injured!

Dream Signing:

Sergio Agüero or Alexis Sanchez. Having watched them live on a number of occasions, their movement, touch and creativity are extraordinary. Both are players who always appear to have a lot of time on the ball because of their outstanding talent.

Realistic Signing:

Carl Jenkinson. He had a great first season-long loan with us, his second season with us on loan was cut short – and his performances weren't brilliant – but now he is back to full fitness and struggling to get into the Arsenal team, we'd gladly have him back.

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Prediction For Rest Of 2016-17:

I'm confident we'll be able to finish in the top half. January will be key. New signings off the pitch, and results on it, could pave the way for a strong finish.


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