West Ham boss David Moyes has said that the club are not Premier League title contenders despite their impressive early season form.

The Hammers have taken 23 points from their opening 11 games of the campaign and went into the international break on a run of four successive wins; placing them three points behind leaders Chelsea.

Moyes takes his side to Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon, knowing that a win would take them second before Manchester City face Everton on Sunday.

In Friday’s pre-match press conference, the Scot was asked
whether West Ham were challengers for the title.

“No, but I want to challenge the top four,” he said [via Football.London]. “I said that right at the start of the season. We finished two points outside the Champions League last year.

“Can I challenge the top four? I don’t know how the top four
are going to be but I felt that would be a good target to give the players and
I felt it was a realistic chance to say ‘come on, can we take them on, can we

“Can we give them a better game when we play them? Can we be as consistent as we were last season when we finished in the Europa League spots?”

Realistic expectations

Moyes is probably right to temper expectations as the hype
around West Ham’s chances this season continues to increase.

Make no mistake, it has been a sensational start for the
Hammers and the 3-2 win over Liverpool before the international break proved
that they are able to compete with the league’s very best.

But maintaining such impressive form throughout the course
of the campaign will be another matter entirely and you would expect the club
to fade away from the title picture.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all have experience
of competing for trophies and have the squad depth to help them as the season progresses.

However, the top four is definitely within West Ham’s reach
and is a good target for Moyes to set in order to encourage improvement.

The door is open for them. Manchester United’s problems under
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are well-documented, Antonio Conte has the task over
transforming Tottenham’s fortunes and Arsenal are improving under Mikel Arteta
but are not the full package yet.

The Hammers could take advantage.

In other West Ham news, the club have revived their interest in a highly-rated forward with a £16.8m release clause .

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