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Don't panic, says Bilic

Filed: Thursday, 14th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

Slaven Bilic has revealed that West Ham will not panic buy in the transfer window despite having lost both main strikers for a month.

With Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll both ruled out until February, Bilic faces the next few games with just Nikica Jelavic and Mauro Zarate - both of whom have been tipped to leave the club during the current transfer window - as attacking choices.

However despite the continuing injury concerns, Bilic confirmed that West Ham will not be pushed into making a signing during the window - although he refused to rule out bringing in at least one quality player, should the opportunity present itself.

"We are good. We're not panicking and we're confident," he said during his pre-match press conference this morning. "We're well-covered, quantity-wise, in all positions in the team. Only if something really good comes along - whether that's permanent or temporary - ar we going to act.

"We don't need numbers, that's what we decided and I think that's right. It's not very likely to happen, but we're doing good. Those players who didn't play a lot, when they got a chance they were unbeaten and playing well. So give them credit; I believe in them.

"There's no team in the world that can't be improved. Even Barcelona are trying to buy a striker - and if there's a team in the world that doesn't need one, it's Barcelona! So every team in every situation can be improved. But we have to find a balance.

"We are in a situation where we might think that way and we are thinking that way - that if we add one or two, we should be better. On the other hand, if you bring in too many that can damage the good atmosphere at the club.

"But if we find a quality player who is available, wants to come to us and we can afford it then we're going to react."

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