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Pardew hoping to compete with Premiership big guns

West Ham manager Alan Pardew believes the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano have put the Hammers on the road to becoming one of the Barclays Premiership's big guns.

Even when times were tough at Upton Park, Pardew never hid his desire to establish West Ham among the leading clubs in England and Europe.

West Ham have had a real taste of that status over the last week with the spotlight of the football world trained on events at Upton Park.

The club's future is up in the air with a potential takeover in the pipeline and no-one can guarantee Tevez and Mascherano will still be West Ham players in 12 months.

But Pardew is determined to ensure the last 10 days go down as a seminal period in the history of a club - a time which saw West Ham transformed from gallant challengers to genuine trophy contenders.

'I think it will change the perception of West Ham. The pressures on us this season have changed in the last few days to something else,' said Pardew.

'A lot of what has been written and said has been media driven but I have no problem with that - all big clubs have that.

'You have to enjoy the debate. We haven't been off the airwaves or out of the media and I'm sure West Ham fans can't believe it.

'I have two 22-year-olds who are world class and highly motivated to be a success in the Premier League. Carlos is a player who is a special talent. In your managerial career you might not get too many of those.

'I am particularly looking forward to working with him. He will change the dynamics of the team and that is something I will have to watch.

'It is a test for me as a manager to get that balance right.

'If I get it right there is no reason we can't go to Chelsea and Manchester United and compete on an even surface, which we didn't do last year.'

When Pardew first saw Tevez play live at the World Cup he wrote in his newspaper column: 'I saw in less than 10 minutes that Tevez can be a star for the next 10 years.'

Little did he expect that just a few months later that same striker would be donning the claret and blue.

'He definitely will bring the same excitement levels to Upton Park as Paolo di Canio did. He has that get-off-your-seat excitement about him and I love that,' said Pardew.

'He has this ability to run at players. All fans love to see that, seeing someone go on the outside and getting a cracking shot in.'

Mascherano and Tevez could make their West Ham debuts against Aston Villa tomorrow and they will be guaranteed a rapturous welcome from the Hammers fans.

Despite their excitement, the complexity of the transfer deal and the fact unknown investors are sniffing around has left sections of the West Ham support concerned about the future.

But Pardew insists the only way West Ham can break into the upper echelon of the Premiership is by remaining at the cutting edge of football.

'The dynamics of the game are changing. In certain clubs, hopefully one day this might be West Ham, there is an agenda where the president comes in and says he is signing four world-class players and the manager manages the team,' said Pardew.

'That happens at Real Madrid, for example. I don't want it to happen at West Ham at the moment because I have built this team and I am very proud of it.

'But I will learn to move with the times. If that is the way it goes maybe it is something all managers will have to face it.

'The one issue I insisted on in the deal is that these two players are with me for the year. That is the guarantee I want in all my players. There are no clauses for them moving on.'