Report: West Ham end interest in Loic Remy, Bilic backs Andy Carroll instead

Loic Remy

West Ham have reportedly ended their interest in signing Loic Remy.

According to the Daily Mirror, Slaven Bilic has pulled the plug on West Ham's interest in Chelsea striker Loic Remy - and The Telegraph believe he could now turn to Andy Carroll.

Bilic has already overseen one signing in midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria, and has been heavily linked with a move to sign Remy.

The French international striker played as a second choice behind Diego Costa for Chelsea last season, but The Guardian believe the 28-year-old could leave in search of first team football, with a place in France's Euro 2016 squad on the line.

Ever since Bilic's arrival, Remy has been linked with a move to Upton Park, with the Daily Mail reporting that the striker was Bilic's first target.

However, The Mirror now believe that Bilic has ended West Ham's interest in Remy in order to focus on other positions - and a report from The Telegraph states that the Croatian will look to give existing Hammers striker Andy Carroll a chance to shine despite an enquiry from former club Newcastle.

The right decision?

Bilic's decision not to pursue Remy could give Mauro Zarate another chance at West Ham, with only Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and the aforementioned Carroll able to play up front.

Those three forwards give Bilic a blend of athleticism, pace and aerial ability, giving him a number of possible combinations to use them in.

Remy could be seen as being similar to Valencia given his pace, and with Carroll's game-changing ability in the air, this could be a smart move from Bilic - if Carroll can stay fit.

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