West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is remaining tight-lipped about whether the club really wanted to sign Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi in the January transfer window.

As reported on HITC, Batshuayi joined London rivals Crystal Palace on a loan deal until the end of the season.

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The Hammers were strongly linked with signing the Belgian last month but the move did not materialise.

Pellegrini’s men face Palace in the Premier League tomorrow at Selhurst Park, with Batshuayi set to feature for the Eagles.

In his pre-match Press Conference, Pellegrini was asked if he really wanted Batshuayi to join West Ham. He replied:

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. 

It looked likely that current forward Marko Arnautovic would be leaving the Hammers last month, but his decision to stay at the London Stadium was a massive boost for Pellegrini. 

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