Slaven Bilic sends clear message about West Ham’s January plans, gives injury update

Slaven Bilic

West Ham United will not be busy in the January transfer window, says manager Slaven Bilic.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has revealed in The London Evening Standard that he will make a signing in the January transfer window only if it is an exceptional one.

“We are not planning to be active this January,” wrote Bilic. “I said this before we had the injuries and I say it again now.

“The only way that would change is if something exceptional became possible, the club wanted to do it and it would raise significantly the quality of our game.”

It seems that Bilic has confidence in his current squad and does not plan on adding new faces for the second half of the season.

Many West Ham fans will suggest that the injuries that the team have suffered so far this season should force Bilic to make some signings next month.

The London outfit have struggled for form for over a month now, and if results do not improve soon, then a top-six finish will be out of reach.

The Croatian boss, though, has give a positive update on the injury situation and has written in The London Evening Standard: “With regard to our injuries, they’re all ahead of schedule.

“Manuel Lanzini is very close, while Dimitri Payet is ready to begin light training on the pitch. If all goes well, he will be back in full training with us in two weeks.

“Even Victor Moses and Winston Reid, with hamstring injuries, should, if everything goes well, be ready again in four weeks. That only leaves Diafra Sakho, who will be longer.”

Bilic has also revealed on West Ham's official Twitter page that striker Andy Carroll could miss Sunday’s Premier League game against Swansea City away from home at the Liberty Stadium.

West Ham are eighth in the Premier League table at the moment with 24 points from 16 matches.

The London outfit are five points behind Manchester United, who are currently fourth in the standings and occupy the final Champions League spot.

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