Manuel Pellegrini revealed his wishlist of up to five players as he promised an attacking revolution at West Ham after being unveiled as the new boss.
The former Manchester City manager has signed a three-year deal, succeeding David Moyes, and will get to work on dragging the Hammers back up the Premier League table following this season’s 13th-place finish.
“I think West Ham has a very good team. I know all of the players and I saw most of the games that they played last season,” said Pellegrini.
“So I am sure that, with the players we have in this moment in the squad, and bringing maybe another four or five players in, we are going to have a strong team.
“I think that West Ham had a difficult season last season and I hope that next season we are going to play football that will delight the fans.
“I always play attacking football and we must try to reach important targets in the season.”
Former Manchester United boss Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic in November but was still not retained despite leading the club away from the relegation zone.
Pellegrini, who led Manchester City to the Premier League title in 2014 with a record goal-haul of 151 goals in all competitions, believes he shares a common vision with the club’s joint-chairman David Sullivan.
“Every time I spoke with the owner Mr Sullivan, I always had the feeling that he wants me,” Pellegrini told the club website.
“Every time you have a meeting you have feelings about whether it was a good meeting or a bad meeting and I had the meeting with him, just talking about football and talking about West Ham.
“We agreed on a lot of things he wants for this club in the way I think a football club must be managed, so we have a lot of common ideas.”
Pellegrini left Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune over the weekend and Sullivan saluted his appointment in east London.
“Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players,” said Sullivan. “We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.
“We have listened to fans who asked us to be ambitious; we hope they agree it is an exciting appointment.”
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