By Will Butcher
David Gold has revealed that manager Slaven Bilic has the final say on whether a player either joins or leaves West Ham.
The Hammers are set for a busy transfer window this summer, after a number of disappointing signings failed to prosper at the London Stadium this season under Croat boss Bilic.
Replying to a fan on his personal Twitter account, Gold stated that Bilic has the last say on transfers whether they are “in or out” of the club.
And let bilic pick his transfer targets. Not sullivan!!!
— ⚒⚒WHUFC⚒⚒ (@mervshepherd) May 14, 2017
Slaven has the final say in transfers, in or out. dg https://t.co/7Hmfq2uVGk
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 14, 2017
The east London outfit brought in 13 new players throughout the 2016-17 campaign, but a number have failed to provide the quality needed to repeat the successes of last season.
Bilic has seen his side lose 16 times this season in the Premier League – twice as many losses as last year – and they currently sit in 12th position, compared to seventh in their sparkling 2015-16 campaign.
The likes of Havard Nordtveit, Arthur Masuaku, Gokhan Tore, Simone Zaza, Sofiane Feghouli and Jonathan Calleri have all been guilty of under-performing.
However, if Bilic does remain in the managerial hotseat, it seems that he will be given power over whether the London club do confirm certain signings or departures.
Talking in The Mirror, Bilic has gone on record saying that he will only target players who “can make a difference”.
In other West Ham transfer news, Bilic has done this in an attempt to sign Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe.