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David Moyes makes West Ham transfer admission as he plots next move

David Moyes has revealed this season has been one of the toughest of his career.

The West Ham boss saved the club from the drop last month, the second time he has done so after being replaced by Manuel Pellegrini two years ago.

Now Moyes, 57, wants to ensure the Hammers learn from their mistakes and are never in relegation trouble again.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss said: “This one has been one of the toughest periods I’ve had in management.

“It said a lot about the club’s owners that they were big enough to come back for me, knowing that I had done a good job the first time.

“My history is one of building clubs, picking young players. I have ideas of how things should look and West Ham are a prime club for that. It has incredible potential which is a bit untapped.”

During his second spell over the past season, Moyes has converted Michail Antonio from winger to explosive striker, captured versatile forward Jarrod Bowen, 23, and brought in classy 25-year-old midfielder Tomas Soucek to prove he still has an eye for a bargain.

He intends to overhaul the squad further this summer to make his side more mobile, defensively stronger and more potent in attack.

“We would like to strengthen in a lot of areas,” he told the Evening Standard. “We’re lacking in defensive cover. We’re also looking to see who could move on, because that could change the direction we take during the transfer window.

“The owners have spent a lot of money in the last few years and I’m not sure a similar amount will be available this time. Whatever there is, though, we will spend it wisely.

“We’re trying to bring in a younger group but we will also need a couple of experienced players. Central defenders are usually better when they’re more experienced.”

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