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West Ham chief Duxbury indicates modest summer transfer plans

West Ham United chief Scott Duxbury says they're unlikely to spend big in the summer market.

"I think when all our players are fit and we can play Dean Ashton up front with Craig Bellamy or Freddie Sears, when Julien Faubert gets a chance, when we can play Scott Parker and Kieron Dyer in midfield, then we are capable of making the top six, and that is our aim," Duxbury said. "I think there will be money for signings, but I am not sure we want to use it."

The club spent about £18 million in the January transfer window last season and about £30 million in the summer, although much of that was recouped in sales. The summer arrivals, such as Fredrik Ljungberg, Parker, Bellamy and Dyer, signed for relatively high wages as the club made a considerable investment in the expectation of success. The club did not sign a player in the January transfer window.

"If we bring in big-money signings, then we are not going to see the players who we have already get a chance to show what they can do," Duxbury told The Times. "What sort of message are we sending out to Sears if we buy another big-money striker? Obviously, we will look to bring in players where we need a bit of cover, but perhaps we will bring in a younger striker and let him learn from the more experienced players."

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