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West ham boss Avram Grant insists more signings will be made

PUBLISHED: 07:26 29 July 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 05 October 2010

West Ham boss Avram Grant insists there will be more new faces at Upton Park come kick-off on Saturday, August 14.

West Ham boss Avram Grant insists there will be more new faces at Upton Park come kick-off on Saturday, August 14.

The newly appointed boss has already brought striker Frederic Piquionne and winger Pablo Barrera to the East End and although happy with his purchases is desperate to add more.

"It is encouraging. The squad is not complete yet, we told the players we want to make the squad as strong as we can," he said.

"Even if the club are limited with money, because we are in debt, we know what we are doing and we know we want to do.

"The owners are trying to give their best for the team so we will buy or loan a few more players. Even if I don't like loans so much - most players here will be players for the long term," added Grant who has been impressed with what he has seen from his players so far in pre-season, both in matches and on the training ground.

"We are looking for the work on the training pitches. We set ourselves a few targets in Germany and the players were good and positive. They showed quality and many things for the future. Our aim is to be prepared for a long season.

"It is about stepping it up. In three weeks we will play Aston Villa so we have done what we needed to do. Now we will go to the next stage. We will work on tactics and the style of the team. The physical side was very good. Also we needed to deal with the international players that have only just started to train and they are looking good."

And Grant is delighted to have his backroom team alongside him to help the players get to peak condition ahead of the upcoming campaign.

"An important part of a club is the staff. We want to create a structure that can develop and improve the team all the time," he said.

"We don't have the money of the top four, or top seven as it has become, but we can be a very good team with a vision for the next years.

"We need to start with the staff - all the people that were here at West Ham a long time and the people that have just come. We are building a good structure for the present and for the future.


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