Slaven Bilic responds when asked about West Ham's interest in Daniel Sturridge

Slaven Bilic has denied any interest in signing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told The Mirror that he has no interest in signing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, contrary to recent reports.

The Hammers are in the market for a new striker, given that Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are both out injured, leaving Bilic with few options in attack.

With the January transfer window in full flow, the Hammers are being linked with a host of players, and one intriguing if questionable link earlier this week suggested that West Ham were looking to sign an England international.

The Brentwood Gazette reported that West Ham were plotting an £18m swoop for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been plagued by injury problems at Anfield.

The 26-year-old has played only 23 games in the last 18 months, and whilst he has scored nine goals in that time, it's clear that Liverpool can no longer rely on Sturridge to spearhead their attack on a weekly basis.

However, Hammers boss Bilic spoke to the press today ahead of this weekend's game against Manchester City, and claims that West Ham aren't pursuing Sturridge.

"That is only a rumour and there is nothing behind it," said Bilic. "I am not talking about who we want - Daniel Sturridge is a big player and a big name - but that is only paper talk," he added.

Having gambled on one injury-prone Liverpool striker in recent history - Andy Carroll - it would be ill-advised of West Ham to go and pursue another one in Sturridge, especially with a fee of £18m, when they can look to bring in somebody with a better injury record this month.

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