Slaven Bilic reacts to speculation about West Ham 28-year-old transfer tussle
By Danny Wright
Slaven Bilic has asserted that West Ham will not be selling Andy Carroll to a Chinese club.
The Hammers boss described the 28-year-old as one of his best players after Sky Sports reported that three Chinese Super League clubs had bids rejected by the club.
Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng were all turned down by West Ham as they approached for the striker on the Chinese transfer deadline day.
“He’s one of our best players and we want to keep him. We wouldn’t want to sell Andy to China,” Bilic said in a press conference on Thursday which was covered by West Ham’s official Twitter account.
SB: "He's one of our best players and we want to keep him. We wouldn't want to sell Andy to China."#COYI
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) March 2, 2017
Carroll has missed the last two games for his club with a groin injury but he is expected to be back for the London derby game against Chelsea on Monday.
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The former Liverpool striker has seen a revival in his form as of late and has scored four goals in his last four league games for Bilic’s side.
He missed a good proportion of the first half of the season with a knee injury which saw him sit out 16 first team games for the club, which included their embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Astra Giurgiu.
In total, Carroll has scored six goals in all competition for West Ham this season in 16 appearances.
The England striker, who has nine caps and two goals for his country, has made over 100 appearances for the east London club since arriving from Liverpool in 2012 originally on a loan deal which became permanent a season later for a fee of £15million.
In other West Ham news, the club are ready to fend off Premier League rivals as they pursue their £70,000-a-week ace.