Slaven Bilic has hinted that rumours stating that West Ham are preparing a January move for former striker Jermain Defoe could be true as he said:
“He’s a very good player. Defoe is scoring goals and that is important. I have a few midfielders from different countries telling me his movement is the best of strikers they have played with. But he’s someone else’s player so I don’t want to talk about it.”
David Moyes had denied that any move would be possible earlier in the week, with Sunderland understandably hugely reluctant to let their star man go.
Bilic also revealed that some speculation linking the club with former Manchester United man Patrice Evra is inaccurate as he dismissed rumours, saying:
“We are the club linked with the most players in Europe. Every player who is available, there’s always West Ham. But 95 per cent of that is not true. Definitely not true with Evra. Okay, he’s a great player, but in that position we’re well covered.”
The Croatian boss has a point, with Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell also providing cover in the left-back position and Evra seemingly a pointless addition.
In a more disappointing revelation, it also seems that a move for Marcus Rashford has failed after speculation said that Bilic may seek a loan move for the 19-year-old who has not started a Premier League game since November. However, Bilic said:
“No way. Rashford is very valuable for Manchester United. There’s no way. There’s no way to get him. They have many games, four competitions. He’s playing. So no way. No way.”
It still seems likely that the Hammers will try to make some kind of addition up front, but it is now clear that the man to fill the role is unlikely to be Marcus Rashford.
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