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7th Jan, 2017 | 7:00am

Chris Sutton delivers damning West Ham verdict, identifies player Bilic must sign

By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton has stated that West Ham are not safe in the Premier League this season and urged them to sign Jermain Defoe after their demolition at the hands of Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Pep Guardiola’s side produced a masterclass of a display to demolish their opponents 5-0 at the London Stadium on Friday night.

After a positive opening for the Hammers, the away side began to find their feet as they scored three goals during the latter stages of the first half.

The scoreline going into the break defeated the home team as they conceded another two more via Sergio Aguero and John Stones.

Former Celtic striker Sutton delivered an honest verdict when he assessed the display of Slaven Bilic’s side and what lies ahead for them.

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“My view is that West Ham aren’t safe yet this season,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live. “If they want to stay in the league it is worth spending money on a striker who would guarantee you goals. That striker is Jermain Defoe.”

More worrying for the Irons would be that this was the eighth time this season that they have conceded three or more.

Additionally, it was the third time at the London Stadium that they have shipped four or more goals.

Slaven Bilic’s side conceded four against Watford in the Premier League, before conceding five against Arsenal in December and repeating that feat against City on Friday night.

At this moment in time, West Ham are seven points above the bottom three having won six games this season and lost ten of their 20 encounters.

They will be tested during their next match when they take on fellow strugglers Crystal Palace in front of their own fans on January 14.

In other West Ham news, Frank Lampard delivers his verdict on the future of Slaven Bilic.