Friday 21 October 2016

Bilic to Hammer out another deal after £20m Ayew move

Slaven Bilic. Photo: PA Wire
Slaven Bilic. Photo: PA Wire

West Ham may have broken their club transfer record earlier this week but manager Slaven Bilic still wants to add one more signing to his squad.

Forward Andre Ayew was brought in from Swansea for a reported £20million to add to a host of new faces already preparing to ply their trade at the London Stadium.

Arthur Masuaku was also signed on a busy Tuesday for the club, with another £6million splashed on the attacking left-back who joined from Olympiacos. Add to that earlier deals for Havard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli, Gokhan Tore, Ashley Fletcher and the permanent signing of last season's loanee Manuel Lanzini and Bilic has certainly added quality to his ranks.

But, with five games in the opening fortnight of the season as the Hammers look to win their two-legged Europa League play-off against Astra Giurgiu while kicking off their Premier League season at Chelsea ahead of a home game with Bournemouth and a trip to Manchester City, Bilic's resources will be stretched.

And the Croatian admits that could force him back into the transfer market one more time. "That is basically pretty much it," he said.

"Maybe, I spoke to the chairman and Tony Henry that, with or without European but especially if we qualify, we need one more player to have a good balance, good numbers of course. Maybe we are going to try and get one more but I'm happy with the squad now."

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