Hammers eyeing top half – Byram

West Ham defender Sam Byram

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West Ham defender Sam Byram has praised the club’s ambition in the summer transfer market and believes they are capable of finishing in the top half this season.

The 23-year-old joined the Hammers in January 2016 from Championship side Leeds for an undisclosed fee and he has seen plenty more additions to the squad during his time at the club.

West Ham struggled to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League last term, having flirted with relegation until finding some consistency towards the end of the campaign.

Manager Slaven Bilic appeared to be under some pressure but has been backed financially this summer to ensure they improve in 2017-18.

The Croatian has added plenty of Premier League experience to his squad, with the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart and Mark Arnautovic all heading to the London Stadium.

Byram believes the new arrivals provide reason to be optimistic and feels that a top ten finish is a realistic target.

“I think the signings we’ve made show the ambition of the Club,” he told West Ham’s official website.

“We’ve got a great squad and we’ll definitely be looking to finish in the top half of the table and see how well we can do.”

West Ham will be hoping to make a positive start to the new Premier League campaign and can be backed at 10.00 to pick up three points when they travel to face Manchester United, who are priced at 1.29 to claim the win, on Sunday while the draw is available at 5.25.

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