West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has told TalkSport that his side will not buy players for the sake of it in January, and that it almost certain that no new faces will arrive at Upton Park in this transfer window.
We have a good squad, a big squad, and [it’s] 99% [certain] we will leave it like this and make our signings in the summer. If something exceptional comes along, whether that’s a long-term deal for one great player, or a loan deal for a back-up player for six months, we will do it. But we won’t buy just because it’s the transfer window.
Bilic also spoke about how he judges West Ham’s season so far. The Hammers currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table, just four point behind Tottenham in fourth, and Bilic says that he’s happy with the progress his side have made so far, and also tipped them to maintain their push for European football if they can stay healthy.
So far, so good. We are only halfway through, but we are very confident. The main thing is to stay away from injuries and, if we do that, we have a really good team that can compete with any team in the league.
West Ham’s attention will turn away from the league this weekend as they host Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup Third Round. The competition is one that the Hammers have a serious shot at winning, so it’ll be interesting to see if Bilic chooses to play a full-strength team or if he decides to make changes.