West Ham winger Michail Antonio says the club need four new players to compete for the European places.
“We need to sign a couple of players – a right-back, one more centre-half, two strikers – and get more goals,” he told ESPN. “If we can do that, we will be up there for European places.”
Since Antonio’s £7 million move from Nottingham Forest, he has scored 17 goals in 52 Premier League starts. And, after rejecting a call-up from Jamaica, he has been called up to the England squad.
He also offered an update on his bid to return to fitness.
‘I am looking to be back around July, basically getting ready for beginning of next season,’ he told ESPN. ‘I’m hoping to be involved in the majority of preseason training. I might miss the first week, but I’ll hopefully be back for the rest of it.
Antonio was full of praise for manager Slaven Bilic and insisted the Hammers boss has improved his game significantly.
‘He has given me the opportunity to play games and given me the freedom to do what I do on the pitch,’ Antonio said.
‘I need that freedom; I pop up in lots of different positions and he has given me freedom to do that.