Rio Ferdinand has called on West Ham to improve their recruitment in the summer if they are to successfully build on this season.

The Hammers are having a fantastic campaign and currently sit fifth in the table with 42 points after 24 matches played.

However, speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said the acquisition of new players has to be done properly if West Ham are going to maintain this momentum in future seasons.

He said: “Firstly, fans want to see an improvement year on year, they want to see an improvement.

“This year, they’ve got that. But again, to sustain that and consolidate on what they’ve built this season they will need to invest.

“But it’s down to good recruitment. Far too many times, we could name players here where they’ve recruited poorly, so that needs to improve.

“I think that’s down to the recruitment staff here and David Moyes himself to get the right players here who are going to be a good blend with what they’ve already got.”

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We think Moyes has been fantastic with the recruitment since returning for his second spell.

He’s brought in the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Said Benrahma, Craig Dawson and Jesse Lingard. If fit, all of these players are starters in the first XI. It’s been very refreshing to see so many new signings have such a positive impact.

The credit has to go to Moyes. In between his two spells with the club, we had Manuel Pellegrini at the helm.

He oversaw two record transfers for Felipe Anderson and Sebastian Haller. £85m spent on two players – one has already left and the other is being unused whilst on loan to Porto.

Moyes was pressured to replace Haller in January and bring in a new striker. He refused, and the inevitable happened with Antonio falling to a hamstring injury. But it’s not all bad in the striking department.

Jarrod Bowen performed very well at centre forward against Sheffield United. He put in a professional display whilst playing out of position, demonstrating the good blend that Ferdinand was referring to.

The boss knows what he’s doing and we’ve got complete faith in him to invest properly in the summer should the board back him properly. We definitely need a new striker – as good as Antonio is, we can’t shift all the burden onto him.

In other West Ham news, Vladimir Coufal has set this target finish for the Hammers this season.

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