Slaven Bilic comments on transfer business and offers Andy Carroll fitness update

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has addressed the media ahead of West Ham United's clash with Newcastle United on Monday night.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has said, at a press conference covered by the Hammers's official Twitter account, that he is happy with the transfer business completed by the club prior to the passing of the transfer deadline.

The Hammers signed Nikica Jelavic from Hull City, Michail Antonio from Nottingham Forest as well as Alex Song and Victor Moses on season-long loans - from Barcelona and Chelsea respectively - making them one of the busiest clubs in the summer market.

Bilic told reporters: "I am very pleased with the business we did. It's all on paper and we have to put it into practice, but I think we've done well.

"In the first week they've been training with us it's all very positive and they're the players we wanted.

"They have joined a team that is already good and they've come here to give us extra quality."

The additions add considerable quality and depth to the side, who have something to build on after managing to cause upsets away from home against Arsenal and Liverpool, but they will be eager to pick up their first points at home this season when they take on winless Newcastle United on Monday night.

Bilic has suggested that striker Andy Carroll could be in line for his first appearance of the season against his former club.

"Andy Carroll's had a six-week pre-season and he looks very good in training," he added.

"A home win is very important on Monday. We need to win at home, at least to get something from the game.

"I'm confident and if we can play like we did in the second halves that we did here from the start, we will be alright."

Their opponents on Monday may be without a league win but they have had a pretty difficult start to the season, and there have been one or two encouraging games for Steve McClaren's side - including their performance against Southampton on the opening day of the season and the draw they managed to get against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"Only in the game against Swansea have Newcastle been second best. In the others they were very solid and dangerous on the counter," said Bilic.

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