Will major injury boost put an end to West Ham's summer transfer business?

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have received a major boost from the treatment room this week which could spell the end of Slaven Bilic's dealings in the transfer market.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers have been linked with a plethora of players as Slaven Bilic looks to reshape his squad ready for their first season at the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium.

The former Croatia manager will also have the Europa League to contend with should they come through a qualifying play-off against Romanian champions FC Astra - who knocked the Hammers out the competition last season.

West Ham have signed Norweigan midfielder Havard Nordveit, Algerian attacker Sofiane Feghouli, former Manchester United youngster Ashley Fletcher, Besiktas winger Gokhan Tore, forward Andre Ayew and left-back Arthur Masuaku this summer. Argentinian Jonathan Calleri will also arrive on loan subject to a work permit.

Meanwhile, Bilic sent back loan players Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike and Alex Song to their respective clubs while homegrown Hammer James Tomkins was sold to Crystal Palace for £10 million.

-  AC Milan's Carlos Bacca celebrates after scoring a goal.AC Milan's Carlos Bacca

Bacca to the drawing board?

Speculation has been rife for weeks that the Hammers are ready to make AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca their marquee striker signing.

And while Bilic hinted he would like to make one more signing ahead of Monday's season opener at Chelsea, a triple injury boost could put paid to any more incomings.

Speaking to West Ham's official website, head of medical and sports science, Stijn Vandenbroucke, revealed there is encouraging news on the fitness of injured trio Manuel Lanzini, Aaron Cresswell and Gokhan Tore.

Lanzini injured his knee while on Olympic Games duty with Argentina and has been wearing a knee brace for a month while Cresswell was ruled out for four months after being cynically scythed down in a pre-season win over German side Karlsruher and injuring his knee.

Tore was injured in training ahead of West Ham's Europa League away tie against NK Domzale when he too suffered a knock to his knee.

West Ham's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their first goalWest Ham's Manuel Lanzini celebrates

Trio ahead of schedule

But Vandenbroucke told whufc.com all three are ahead of schedule.

"Manuel is out of the brace and has entered a new phase in his rehab and started running on Wednesday," Vandenbroucke said.

"(Aaron) did not require an operation and is making very good progress. Aaron has been wearing a brace and using crutches for a few weeks. He has now started walking with the brace, partially weight bearing. On Sunday we will take the brace off and progress to the next steps in his rehabilitation process.

"(Gokhan)  had a significant trauma to his knee and rehabbed very well with our medical team and rehab fitness coach Eamon Swift, finishing those sessions on Wednesday. He will resume training with the squad today (Thursday)."

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesGokhan Tore

Selection headache may convince Bilic business is done

With Lanzini and Tore back in contention in the coming weeks and Cresswell ahead of schedule, West Ham's squad suddenly looks deep and strong.

It will pose a number of selection headaches for Bilic and could persuade him he does not need any more reinforcements this summer, particularly if - as has been widely reported - Bacca is reluctant to move to England.

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