By Harvey Byrne
Slaven Bilic has revealed that West Ham won’t splash the cash on a big-name striker just for the sake of it.
So far, the East London club have failed in their pursuit of strikers Michy Batshuayi, who joined Chelsea, Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca.
One of the major issues for the Hammers is that they can’t compete yet with the big guns, who can offer the lure of Champions League football.
“We have tried. To get that kind of striker, we as a club couldn’t fight with the big guns so we had to bid very early, like before them, or give more money to the players and then it is also hard,” said Bilic to the Mirror.
“But I said that we won’t buy just for the sake of buying and that includes the strikers as well.
“Also I told the chairman a couple of days ago I can understand for some players that we are not number one target. I told him also that I also don’t want to buy the players who don’t want to come to us so I said that is it.”
The Hammers boss also admitted that he has now changed the type of player that the club are looking for.
“Now we have a little bit of a different strategy and we are trying to get one or two players that are really hungry and keen to join us and they are extremely quality players and hopefully we are going to do one or two of them, depending on Manuel Lanzini’s injury situation which we are going to know only in a few days time.
“Because still we don’t have a squad big enough to compete, not even in the Premier League not to mention this competition the Europa League, hopefully with more games.”
Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri, 22, who is currently on loan at Sao Paulo, has emerged as one attainable target and it is believed that the Hammers are in negotiations to bring him to the Olympic Stadium.
Bilic will be keen to add more players to his squad with the Europa League adding extra midweek fixtures to their season, while star man Aaron Creswell has also suffered a long-term injury this summer.
In other West Ham transfer news, Bayer Leverkusen left-back Wendell has emerged as a Hammers target to replace injured Aaron Cresswell.