West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury has revealed that one of the main aims of the club is bringing youngsters through. "The short-term and the long-term goals are the same," he said.
"We want to achieve success and it's through progression and progression of the young players.
"We have a clear vision of how we are going to achieve success. I work very closely with Gianluca (Nani, director of football) and Gianfranco and Gianfranco's ideology is to bring the young players through.
"You have seen the development on the pitch this season and Gianfranco hasn't even had a pre-season with the team yet. You will see the team improve.
"So the short and long-term are the same goal, achieve success."