Slaven Bilic clarifies Jelavic situation; makes admission over selling Payet

Nikica Jelavic

Nikica Jelavic could be leaving West Ham this month.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Nikica Jelavic could go to China this month, if a deal is sort out before the end of the transfer window.

When asked if any players will be leaving the Hammers this month, Bilic said: “We have Jelavic who might go to China, but they are in pre-season at the moment, so he is staying with us until he might sort the deal out.”

Jelavic only linked up with West Ham during the summer transfer window, but he has failed to have a positive impact.

The 3o-year-old Croat has looked slow and off the pace, and well past the peak needed for a Premier League player.

He has managed just one goal in 12 Premier League games, and even now, when the Hammers are suffering from something of an injury crisis, Bilic would prefer to sign a new striker than trust Jelavic.

He looks to be leaving the Boleyn Ground, and a deal should be completed before the end of this month.

Bilic also responded to talks about Dimitri Payet potentially leaving West ham, although the head coach made it clear that no money in the world could tempt the Hammers into selling the star player.

Bilic said: “From my point of view there is no money in the world that we would let him go for.”

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