David Moyes warns Premier League big boys West Ham are ‘not going away’

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After a difficult December, West Ham look fit and firing in the new year and David Moyes has warned the big six they are not going away any time soon.

A dip in form last month raised concerns that the wheels had come off their remarkable push for the Champions League places, but just a point against bottom of the table Norwich City on Wednesday night will take them back to fourth.

London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham will have games in hand on the Hammers, but Moyes would be far more content to be sat with points in the bank rather than ifs and buts.

After finishing sixth last season, the east Londoners are relishing their role as the annoying little brother to the Premier League’s big guns and Moyes has no intentions of giving that up just yet.

"Norwich will see every game as an opportunity but I see it here at West Ham as an opportunity for us to try and keep challenging the teams at the top and keep annoying them and make them think that we’re not going away," Moyes said of Wednesday’s meeting.

"I hope we are not the ones to go away, I want us to be the ones who are right there at the end - you can’t get rid of us. I want us to challenge all the way to the end.

"There will be patches of games where picking up points is important, other weeks when you try to pick up something.

"We have to try to stay in that top eight or nine because there is a strong group of teams. Wolves are playing very well and you have seen Leicester be very capable over the last year or two, Aston Villa are in good form as well."

Moyes is well aware that, given their remarkable rise, West Ham have the stark choice to join the party in the upper ranks of the Premier League or spurn their shot and fall away.

The Scot has done wonders to get this squad to a level where they are competing with the best each week, but is keen to see money spent in order to stay there.

Spending £30million on Kurt Zouma in the summer certainly did that, and Moyes wants to see more of the same.

"It would be ideal if we could do that, it really would," said Moyes.

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"But it’s never exactly the way you want it in football, it’s very hard to get exactly who you want when you want them.

"I try not to make the decision that everybody thinks we should do, I try to do what I think we should do.

"I’m trying to find ways of adding more goals to the team and adding players who will help us stop conceding more goals or help us be more creative."

Signing from the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United might just become more problematic for West Ham the longer they hang around at the top.

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