From the Boardroom - David Sullivan

Joint-Chairman David Sullivan looks forward to the Europa League campaign and provides an update on the search for a new striker

The start of the new season is nearly upon us and we are now preparing to play our first game in the UEFA Europa League after the draw was made for the third qualifying round last week.

We will be heading to Slovenia or Belarus and I would like to thank the two clubs and UEFA for agreeing to reverse the tie.

We have announced our prices for the home tie which will be our first game at the new Stadium on Thursday 4 August and have once again shown that we will continue our longstanding commitment to affordable family football.

We have priced our first game incredibly cheaply to allow as many supporters to come as possible, as we also have a mouthwatering friendly against Juventus three days later.

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I was shown around our new home last week and I can assure our fans that they will be impressed.

The seats are bigger, the transport links are fantastic and this will be a Stadium that the West Ham fans will be proud of.

Slaven and the players are currently working hard in Austria as they continue their pre-season preparations and the new signings we have made are getting to know each other in the build-up to the first Premier League game.

The hard work continues behind the scenes as we look to bring more new players into the squad.

Our search for a new forward has been well documented and we have been working hard to negotiate moves for some big name strikers.

Ideally we would have had someone in place by now but sadly that has not proved to be the case and the forwards we have targeted want to play Champions League football.

Whatever deal we offer to that player, if he wants Champions League football he will not come to us.

We have still got some fantastic strikers at the Club and we were the fourth highest scorers in the Premier League last season.

In a perfect world I would like to think we will bring in a top class striker before the transfer window closes at the end of August, but if that doesn’t happen I have every confidence in our current strikers to continue doing the business.