Slaven Bilic explains Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass signing

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic reacts after losing the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The London Stadium, in east London on...

West Ham United signed Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass in January 2017.

Slaven Bilic applauds his fans at the end of the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Slaven Bilic has explained to The Daily Mail why he signed defender Jose Fonte and winger Robert Snodgrass for West Ham United.

West Ham signed Fonte from Southampton and Snodgrass from Hull in January 2017.

According to BBC Sport, the Hammers had to pay the Saints a transfer fee of £8 million in order to secure the services of the 33-year-old Portugal international central defender.

The London club paid the Tigers a transfer fee of £10.2m for the 30-year-old Scotland international winger, as reported by BBC Sport.

Jose Fonte of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns on September 16, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan suggested that he did not want to sign Fonte and Snodgrass.

The manager said he wanted Fonte from Southampton and Snodgrass from Hull,” Sullivan told The Guardian. “My kids begged me not to sign them.”

Bilic, who was appointed the West Ham manager in the summer of 2015 and parted company with the Premier League club in November, has explained why he signed Fonte and Snodgrass.

Robert Snodgrass of Scotland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and England at Hampden Park National Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“I am not going to take credit for everything but I don’t want to take all the blame either,” Bilic told The Daily Mail. “Fonte and Snodgrass came in January.

“We were losing Payet and Ogbonna was having an operation, and of course the budget was limited. So we got those two new players.

“To criticise them is unfair. They came to a club in a difficult situation and helped us finish 11th so they played their part.”

Fonte is injured at the moment, while Snodgrass joined Championship club Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window.

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