Bilic admits phone call with Demba Ba over shock West Ham return, shares why move fell through

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has admitted that he was keen to re-sign former West Ham striker Demba Ba.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told the Daily Mail that he spoke to Demba Ba about a possible return to the club – but his injury status scuppered a move.

The Hammers have been searching for a new striker during this month's transfer window, but with the deadline just hours away, it doesn't look like a new attacker will be arriving at the London Stadium.

Earlier today, manager Slaven Bilic spoke to the Daily Mail about transfers, and revealed that he had been interested in luring a former Hammers striker back to East London.

Demba BaDemba Ba at Besiktas

Bilic admitted that he has spoken to Senegalese attacker Demba Ba about a possible return to the club, before he joined another of his former clubs in Besiktas earlier today.

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However, Bilic admitted that, whilst he thinks Ba is a 'top player' that enjoyed a great year under him with Besiktas, a move couldn't be completed as Ba is recovering from a broken leg, and will only return in March.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

“I spoke with him on the phone a couple of weeks ago,” said Bilic. “The problem is he was very badly injured and he told me that he would be fit in March — that's too late for us.”

“He is a player who proved himself in the Premier League, that I have managed, and we had a wonderful year together at Besiktas. He's a top player and I want him back on the pitch as soon as possible,” he added.

That injury status seemingly didn't put Besiktas off, and Ba returns to Turkey for a second spell having hit 27 goals in 44 games for Besiktas during the 2014-15 season.

Having worked with Bilic previously and impressed at West Ham in his first spell with the club – when he scored seven times in 13 games – Ba could have been the ideal striker for West Ham right now.

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However, the 31-year-old isn't fit enough to play right now, and West Ham weren't willing to take him on loan from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua, but it will be interesting to see whether West Ham renew their interest over the summer.

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