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David Moyes claims West Ham need up to FOUR transfer windows to realistically challenge the Premier League big boys.
No 2 Alan Irvine revealed this week that this Hammers team reminds him of the Everton one he and Moyes dragged into the Champions League in 2005.
And West Ham, who are unbeaten in their last seven matches, can climb into the top four by beating Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
But Moyes said: “I think it will be hard to topple the teams which most people would tip to win the Premier League.
“To get growth at any football club you need to have the foundations down. I’ve started to get some foundations down.
“And we’ve started to see some bits of growth. But to get proper growth you’re going to need two, three, four transfer windows.
“It’s the changing of some players. Contracts and the time it takes for them to run out, for things to change. And to get in some people that you want.
"Leicester, for example, have had great foundations put in place over the years with recruitment and obviously they won the Premier League only a few years ago.
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“Southampton have had a philosophy where they get the young players coming through.
“I see a similar picture in all that for West Ham but we have only put the first row of bricks down to be honest. We have a bit more to go."
Leipzig’s Hee-Chan Hwang is the latest name added to West Ham’s list of striker targets, and Manchester United misfit Jesse Lingard is also on their radar.
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