Sam Allardyce believes West Ham's acquisition of Matt Taylor is another statement of their intent.
The Hammers are in the process of piecing together a squad they hope will be good enough to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
Kevin Nolan's arrival earlier in the summer from Newcastle suggested the capital club mean business, with the midfielder able to boast considerable top-flight experience.
Abdoulaye Faye has also taken a step down into the Championship after previously turning out for Bolton, Newcastle and Stoke.
Allardyce has now drafted in another proven performer at Premier League level in the shape of the versatile Taylor.
He worked with the left-sided operator at Bolton and believes the 29-year-old will be a useful addition to the Upton Park ranks.
"I have known Matt for a long time in the Premier League," said Allardyce.
"It shows our desire to get a group of players together that want to get us back to the Premier League as quickly as possible.
"It is about the club being big enough for them to come down and want to play football and try to get us back into the Premier League."