West Ham: Leading the race for top striker; Bilic reacts to Tottenham defeat

The Express report that the Hammers are leading the race for Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge as he continues to struggle for game time, with the newspaper claiming that a bid of £25 million would be enough to prise the England international away from Anfield. The deal is likely to depend on finding a solution to the Simone Zaza disaster, with a move to Valencia for the Italian the most likely solution.

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There is no doubting that Sturridge has Premier League quality and he has a proven track record, so would certainly be worth paying a little more for when compared to the alternatives on the market.

After yesterday’s gutting defeat, the Hammers threw away a 2-1 lead in the 89th minute to fall to a late defeat at the hands of Harry Kane. Slaven Bilic admitted that defeat was hard to take but looked to the positives, saying:

“You can imagine how difficult it is to take this kind of defeat. It looked good for us. Okay, they were pushing up but we had good opportunities to kill the game off. The best way to kill the game is to score another goal, but we should keep the ball better, and be closer to them. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be… We showed we can play, no matter who we are playing against. It is a tough schedule, that’s why it was important to win or at least get something from this game. But we don’t have to be afraid of them. There are a lot of positives to take into these games. Fighting and running is the minimum but we fought and we ran and we played good football, especially in the first half-hour. In the second-half they got the momentum and were quicker to the ball but we resisted.”

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The Irons played well for much of the tie, but eventually came away with nothing to show for it after a devastating finale.

An ex-captain is back training with the club as Sky Sports report that former Sam Allardyce favourite Kevin Nolan is back at the training ground as he seeks to maintain his fitness levels following his sacking as player-manager at Leyton Orient in League 2.

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Nolan played for the club 157 times across a four year spell, and whilst there are no plans to bring him back into the fold as a player, it is believed that he may return to the club in the coaching set-up as he seeks to resurrect his hopes of a managerial career.

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