James Tomkins believes West Ham United now have the strength in depth to make a real impact in the Barclays Premier League.

The Hammers brought in nine new players this summer, adding to an already established backbone, and the No5 is excited about the prospect of lining up with both groups this term.

With Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano adding to seven earlier captures, the centre-back believes West Ham now have the firepower, experience and ability to cause any opponent problems.

"I'm looking forward to working with the signings we've brought in and seeing how they will add to the squad," said Tomkins. "I'm sure they will do because they're really good signings.

"I think we did some really good deals in the transfer market, bringing in the players that we needed. They're going to add to our squad and they will be vital in helping us push towards where we want to get to."

Speaking specifically about Song, Tomkins says the former Arsenal midfielder possesses the qualities needed to inspire West Ham to the next level.

"Alex Song is a massive player who comes with great experience in the Premier League. He has gone to Barcelona and trained with the best, so he is only going to help us, I should imagine. We're all really looking forward to playing alongside him."

And of Amalfitano, the 25-year-old recalled the assist the France midfielder provided for Saido Berahino in West Bromwich Albion's 1-0 win over the Hammers at The Hawthorns in April this year.

"We played against Morgan last season at West Brom and he caused us a few problems and actually set up their goal as well, so he'll be an important player for us. It shows how much we're trying to strengthen our squad at the minute.

Song, Amalfitano, and Tomkins will all be gunning to return to winning ways when West Ham head to Hull City for their next Barclays Premier League fixture on Monday 15 April.

After home defeats by Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton - either side of a fine 3-1 win at Crystal Palace - the defender knows the Hammers need to get their season back on track as soon as possible.

"We're obviously majorly disappointed with the Southampton defeat in a game we were expected to win, really, especially at Upton Park," he continued. "But I'm sure our home form will turn around.

"We made a good start to our form away from home at Crystal Palace and we need to bring that forward to our next game, which is Hull. There is no point in looking back, we've got to look forward.

"I think all over the pitch the other day, we didn't really get near Southampton at times. We will work on that in training. I'm sure with games we'll get fitter and stronger, while the new players will add to our team and hopefully we can go to Hull and get a victory."

At the KC Stadium, he could face a familiar face in Mohamed Diame, who moved to the East Riding of Yorkshire on transfer deadline day.

"Mo did really well for us here and the fans really liked him, but he obviously wanted to move on. Everyone wishes him all the best."

West Ham travel to Hull City on Monday 15 September, with kick-off at 8pm. Free coach travel is being offered to all Hammers. To book your tickets now, click here.