Manuel Pellegrini responds when asked if he wanted to sign Michy Batshuayi for West Ham

4th February 2019, London Stadium, London, England; EPL Premier League football, West Ham United versus Liverpool; West Ham United Manager Manuel Pellegrini shouting instructions from the...

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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters during his pre-match press conference yesterday, and responded when asked if he wanted to sign Michy Batshuayi last month, as quoted by Football.London.

The Hammers were linked with a whole host of strikers during last month's transfer window, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Belgian was one of Pellegrini's key targets.

The 25-year-old ended up joining Crystal Palace, however, as West Ham failed to sign anyone.


And the east London outfit could be made to pay for that, when they travel to Selhurst Park tomorrow.

Pellegrini addressed the media yesterday and responded in fairly stand-offish passion, when asked whether he wanted to sign Batshuayi last month, as quoted by Football.London:

Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Newcastle on January 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

"We were linked not only with him but with another 35 or 36 players! He was one name linked with West Ham and I have nothing more to say. Palace have a lot of good attacking players and a good squad, so if they have brought him to the squad, it is because they think they need him and he will add to that squad."

West Ham should have Marko Arnautovic back and available for selection for tomorrow's game at Palace, and the Austrian will be desperate to outshine Batshuayi.

The Hammers will be buzzing after Monday's performance against Liverpool, but Pellegrini will be hoping that his decision not to sign Batshuayi doesn't come back to haunt them.

Michy Batshuayi of Valencia CF during the La Liga Santander  match between Deportivo Alaves v Valencia at the Estadio de Mendizorroza on January 5, 2019 in Vitoria Gasteiz Spain

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