Premier League: Sam Allardyce plotting busy summer at West Ham
Sam Allardyce is expecting a busy summer at West Ham as he looks to strenghthen his squad ahead of next season.
Last Updated: 04/05/14 2:42pm
The Hammers secured their top division place on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Tottenham that lifted some of the gloom around the club.
Allardyce's position has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, with fans showing their disapproval at his tactics, but he is ignoring the criticism and getting ready to improve his squad before next season kicks off.
"Some preparations are in place without being secured, particularly pre-season," Allardyce said. "Players' contracts now will be discussed between myself and owners as quickly as possible.
"We will talk to the players and then it is recruitment time - what can we find, who can we find and how can we make the squad possible? That is the ultimate goal for me in the summer months.
"I am never not busy in the transfer window - don't worry about that.
"It is probably the only time I like social media like emails and Skype. You don't have to be in your office like the old days, you can do it while you are sat in the sun and communicate between everybody.
"When needed you can come back into the club and meet whoever you need to meet and talk to whoever you need to talk to and hopefully finalise as many deals as quickly as we can.
"I say that every year, but we will probably be waiting for players until the end of August, but as long as can get them in the end and they are the right quality that will be fine."
Among his summer thoughts will be the future of Ravel Morrison, who impressed early in the season and has excelled since being sent out on loan to Championship playoff hopefuls QPR after a mid-season slump.
"He is available for QPR's play-offs. We did the loan deal with (QPR manager) Harry (Redknapp) and obviously he has changed the team an awful lot to rest his key players for the first play-offs," Allardyce added when asked why Morrison was at Upton Park on Saturday rather than playing for QPR.
"If Ravel does a good job he will be back with us next year and he will have a big pre-season with us and see where we will go from there."