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Pellegrini anticipates new arrivals

Filed: Monday, 9th July 2018
By: Staff Writer

Although Manuel Pellegrini's first match ended with West Ham falling to defeat in Switzerland on Sunday, there was better news for supporters on the transfer front.

Reflecting on his first week in charge, which culminated in the 3-2 reversal against hosts FC Winterthur, the Chilean said he was satisfied by the performances of his 22 players on show but conceded that he was hoping to boost his squad with new arrivals as early as next week.

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"That was a very good game, a useful game," Pellegrini said. "They worked the whole week and on Thursday and Friday, they had three training sessions on the same day. So, to finish the week playing against a team at a good technical level was very useful for us.

"[On the transfer front] I hope that next week, or before the end of July, West Ham fans will have good news. We are trying to build a strong squad and to find the players that we need. We are probably going to see new faces soon."

Pellegrini is close to finalising the capture of midfielder Jack Wilshere (free transfer) and winger Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund, whilst Brazilian club Corinthians have confirmed they have reached an agreement with West Ham for central defender Fabian Balbuena.

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And on another busy weekend of transfer speculation, the likes of Lyon’s Brazilian centre-back Marcelo and Malaga captain Recio have been linked with a move to Stratford whilst the Hammers are said to have made an improved offer for Sporting's Bruno Fernandes (Sky Sports).

But away from the club's dealings in the transfer market, Pellegrini is looking forward to leading the rest of the pre-season training camp before tackling Wycombe Wanderers next weekend, rather closer to home.

"I think we've come to a very good place," he said. "The players are comfortable and we have all the facilities we need to work hard. When the players are in a good mood, it is very easy to work well.

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"On Monday we start working three times a day and are preparing the team to arrive in the best shape that it can be for 11 August. At the moment we are just trying to give each player a similar amount of minutes, especially in this first week.

"In the next game we will probably play with one team for around 60 minutes; the first week of August is when we hope to have the team with all the players we need for next season in their best positions."

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