Bilic describes specific criteria as he looks for new players

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has explained what he's looking for in any new signings.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic told West Ham TV the criteria he will use as he looks to go about improving the squad over the rest of the summer.

Bilic has already made a good signing in the form of midfielder Pedro Obiang and has stressed to WHTV that he won’t be looking to bring players in unless they are better than the options he already has in that position.

“First, we have a good team, second, we can’t afford to buy players just for the sake of buying. We are going to try and be active but only if those players are better than the ones we already have,” he said.

Is a stubborn approach the best option?

Bilic’s stubbornness over transfers does make sense, but the Hammers are under pressure to improve their squad.

The club play their first game of the season next Thursday and it’s likely to be the first of a very high volume of games over the next 11 months.

Bilic needs good options in all positions and he needs to be confident that he can make changes when he starts to spot signs of fatigues in key individuals.

It’s important he has those options when the higher profile and more difficult games start to come thick and fast.

Where do West Ham need new players?

The Hammers could arguably use a new player at right-back because there’s no guarantee they will be able to get Carl Jenkinson back on loan from Arsenal.

There’s also an arguable need for a new midfielder, who could be needed to replace Alex Song, as well as an extra wide man and another option through the middle of the attack following the exit of Carlton Cole.

It all adds up to a lot of cash and hard work for Bilic but hopefully he can rise to the challenge.

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