Slaven Bilic discusses January transfer plans amid injury crisis

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West Ham are suffering in the midst of an injury crisis.

The Hammers are currently without a number of key first-team players, but Slaven Bilic has admitted to the official West Ham website that he will not be rushed into signing new players in January to provide cover in his squad.

The Croatian boss said: “I said four weeks ago that I was quite happy and we'd only sign a player if an exceptional one became available, or if someone goes, then we would have to replace them. These are not long, long term injuries. I am not hoping but expecting a few of them to come back very, very soon and when they do, there is no need for new players, except if we find one who is exceptional.”

Bilic has admitted that he has no need to simply go out and sign a player due to these current injuries, as he expects a few of his first-team stars back before too long.

The likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Victor Moses are all currently out of action, but Bilic believes that they will be back before the close of red transfer window.

If this is to happen, but Bilic has already gone out and signed a number of players as their replacements, he would be left with a bloated squad and a number of players he would not be able to play.

His current team have already proven their worth as a competitive Premier League side, with the required quality to challenge for Europe, and Bilic only wants to sign a player if he is ‘exceptional’, and will actively improve his squad when everyone is fit.

With these quotes, it is still likely that Bilic does bring a new face to the Boleyn Ground when the transfer window opens, but it will not be because of their current situation.

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