BBC journalist reveals Bilic's West Ham transfer plans after Ayew injury
By Will Butcher
Slaven Bilic is unlikely to make any more additions to his West Ham squad despite club-record signing Andre Ayew picking up a thigh injury.
The Ghanaian star was substituted just before half-time on Monday night during the Hammers’ last-minute 2-1 loss to London rivals Chelsea.
However, BBC broadcaster Oluwashina Okeleji has revealed via his personal Twitter account that Bilic won’t be replacing Ayew with a new recruit, or any more signings this summer.
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) August 16, 2016
Ayew signed for the East London-based side following West Ham’s summer long chase for a striker, which has seen them come up short in pursuits for Euro big-boys Carlos Bacca, Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi.
The former Swansea star, who almost joined West Ham last summer before opting to sign for Swansea. The 26-year-old joined Bilic’s side for a fee of around £20million after scoring an impressive 12 goals in 35 appearances, despite being deployed out side or as a number 10.
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Former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has been busy this summer as he looks to prepare his side for a Europa League push along with the Hammers’ domestic campaign.
Eight new faces have put pen to paper at the Olympic Stadium. Joining Ayew are the likes of Arthur Masuaku, Sofiane Feghouli and Havard Nordtveit, while Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore have signed on season-long loans.
Fan-favourite Manuel Lanzini has signed permanently after a superb loan-spell last season, while Manchester United youngster Ashley Fletcher has also agreed a deal with the Hammers.
In other West Ham transfer news, this Euro 2016 ace has prompted speculation by posting this message via his Twitter account.