Slaven Bilic denies West Ham bid for Daniel Sturridge

on 21.01.2016


West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has denied making a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge being fouled during the Premier League match against Norwich City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho sidelined through injury and Mauro Zarate closing in on a deal to join Fiorentina, Bilic is keen to bolster his attacking options in the transfer window.

But the Hammers boss has dismissed speculation that Sturridge, the England striker who has featured just six times for the Reds this season due to a string of injuries, is poised for east London.

“That is only a rumour and there is nothing behind it,” said Bilic when asked about the Chelsea and Manchester City forward.

“I am not talking about who we want – Daniel Sturridge is a big player and a big name – but that is only paper talk.”

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Sturridge has not trained with the Liverpool squad in six weeks, and manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to be growing increasingly frustrated with the situation.

But when it was put to Bilic that Sturridge, 26, may become available, the West Ham boss replied: “What if? I would take Lionel Messi also, but it is only an ‘if’ so there is nothing in it.”

Bilic said Sakho, who this week was involved in a car accident, and Carroll are both “ahead of schedule” on their return from injury and are expected to be available in mid-February.

But the Croat revealed he remains interested in signing another striker with Nikica Jelavic, who scored in the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday, possibly leaving the club in January.

“We are not panicking,” added Bilic. “We know that we have a couple of players that are injured. “On the other hand there are a couple of players that may leave the club. Maybe Zarate, maybe Jelavic and if that happens, and it may happen, then we are going to try and get one striker.”

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      • Ok he has had a terrible run with injuries, is that any reason to get rid of him? We stayed the course with Flanno and Agger before he left, so why shouldn’t we offer him the same support.

        • Yes I totally agree, Have been saying this for ages. He has the quality You have to give him time. Otherwise Klopp will decide! But please dont sell him to a rival club!

        • Any reason to get rid? Yes. Without a doubt.

          Flanno had two major injuries back to back. That’s it. Now he’s in his way back.

          Agger was sold precisely because of that – being injury prone.

          I know you have a soft spot for the guy, and so do I and a lot of others… But the time has come to call time on his Liverpool career.

          If he doesn’t play just 10 more games for us this season, I would like to see him gone.

          • Agger got sold or asked to leave because he couldn’t be guaranteed playing time. Danny deserves the same treatment as Agger and given we don’t really know the full extent of his injuries, I’d say selling him now is a bit overreacting.

            Also we had somewhat ready made replacement for Agger, we don’t for Danny. When he’s fit, he’s amongst the best in the business, so silly to ditch him

          • “When he’s fit”.
            So…when is that?
            I believe right now we are indeed looking for Dannys replacement.
            I think it stinks but necessary.

          • According to what Hamann said the other day about Sturridge:
            Hamann was in the Manchester City side when Sturridge made his senior
            debut as a 17-year-old, and he claims it was evident in the early part
            of his career that the talented hitman was not willing to push himself
            through the pain barrier.

            “There was always something wrong with him on the Thursday or the
            Friday. His back, his hamstring, there was always something,” added
            Hamann.

            and adding what Gerard said (he had to convince Sturridge to play)

            and what Klopp said (he needs to learn what is just pain and what is real pain)

            I think Sturridge got some mental issues to get solved.

          • I agree Joe, sad as I’d be to see how leave, it would be necessary to replace him. How many matches have we lost this season because of him? If he was fit I’m sure we would be in the top four. I say sell him, and buy someone else that would guarantee goals!

          • Wouldn’t say his replacement, just need another striker , or two even, to bolster the squad , what with Klopp mentioning the huge amount of games.

  1. So West Ham is going after the most injury prone striker in PL, currently injured indefinitely, to sort out short term injury crisis.
    You really can’t make up stuff like that.

  2. One way or another something has to be done the guy has a long history of injuries plus it runs in the family as well….Not only that when Gerrard and Rodger’s had to persuade him to play against Man u despite being declared fit…ok some of it may be in the the head for the above reason’s
    but doesn’t that also suggest maybe a lack of gut’s and desire as well?
    that in itself should have set alarm bells ringing.

    Since Suarez left and the poor attempt’s to try and replace him putting Origi and Ing’s to one side as they are young and need to be developed further Studge is our no 1 striker we know it and so does he and that’s a big part of the problem no matter how good he is he is not the only prolific goalscorer in the world……So what’s to be done about it ?….Well for me anyway i’d go for two proven replacement’s one for Suarez and the other for Studge this should either motivate him or if he keeps breaking down despite this well we are already used to him not being there when we need him so get shut anyway.

    Either way the way we are run these day’s we’d have to sell to make this happen so maybe wait till summer flog big ben unless he comes good
    if he doesn’t just go for it and replace the pair of them anyway.

    Whichever way you look at it something really does need to be done.
    where Studge is concerned it’s a massive shame but it is what it is.
    And we need goals.

  3. Just heard all day on radio people saying things about Liverpool fans asking us to be patient (well not the Sturridge way ) {calling us naive}
    Cause just in case he starts banging goals after we sell him.

    But while saying they forget that this man needs to get on the pitch first to do so.
    Even he got fit how long will he sustain that.
    I’m not asking him to be sold just for the sake of it.

    Ings is injured for the season ,Flano missed two seasons but in there cases we know they are injured , extent of their lay off time and we’ve sympathy for them and we’re not asking them to be kicked out.

    Sturridge what’s his injury if it is known then the extent of his lay off /rest time is also known .
    But in his case no clue what is the injury and how long he’ll miss.

    Frustrating guys ..

    We’ve seen players like Torres torment Real Madrid with a swollen ankle , Alonso playing on pills.

    Top players Messi Ronaldo Suarez Zlatan how long do you see them sidelined even if they are they ensure it’s not more than 2-3 weeks.
    BTW they play every game and every minute

    Don’t judge our judgement , we LFC fans can give you football lesson any time of the day

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