Wednesday, 24 August 2016


West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony is an "option" for the club as they look to bolster their attacking ranks ahead of the transfer deadline.

The Hammers have made no secret of wanting to bring in further forward options, with new club-record signing Andre Ayew ruled out for up to four months having injured his thigh on his debut at Chelsea
Meanwhile, Andy Carroll is also sidelined with a knee problem he suffered in the 1-1 draw at Astra Giurgiu in the first leg of their Europa League play-off last week.
The second leg of that tie will be played at the London Stadium on Thursday and, ahead of the clash with the Romanian champions, both Bony and Juventus' Simone Zaza remain on Bilic's radar.
Bony has struggled for game-time since a big-money move to City in 2015 and was recently omitted from Pep Guardiola's Champions League squad for their qualifier against Steaua Bucharest.
Asked about a potential move for the former Swansea man, Bilic replied: "He is a good player. He is an option because he plays in the position where, even before the injuries, we tried to sign a player - he is a centre-forward."
But he added: "I don't negotiate. I'm just the manager. I just say to the chairmen and [West Ham chief scout] Tony Henry, we talk and then they do it."

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