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The Hammers' captain says the entire squad is itching to improve on last season's 10th-place in the Premier League, and hopes he and Andy Carroll can fire the club up the table

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is targeting a top-half finish this season and believes that he and strike partner Andy Carroll can fire the club up the table.

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The Hammers' skipper bagged 10 goals last season, while Carroll has completed a permanent move to Upton Park from Liverpool after a successful loan spell last term.

Nolan, who also played alongside the towering 24-year-old striker at Newcastle, is expecting the forward to improve on last season's tally of seven league goals and help the Hammers improve on their 10th-place finish.

"We’re looking for double figures," Nolan told The Sun. "Me, Andy, all the strikers have to chip in with a fair amount if we want to finish top 10 again.

"The expectancy within the camp is to do better than last season. We want to make sure we’re 10th or above this year."

West Ham's chances of moving up the table could be boosted by the arrival of Salomon Kalou, with the club confident of sealing a £3 million deal with Lille for the former Chelsea striker in the next week.