West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony is one of the players on the team’s shortlist.
Bony, 27, was omitted from Manchester City’s Champions League squad against Steaua Bucharest, fueling the rumors that he’s on his way out. Bilic admitted that Bony is one of the players that West Ham are interested in with record signing Andre Ayew out for up to four months, and Andy Carroll struggling with a knee problem.
“Bony is a good player,” Bilic said. “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. I don’t negotiate. I’m just the manager. I just say to the chairmen and [chief scout] Tony Henry, we talk and then they do it.”
The Hammers have also been linked with Juventus striker Simone Zaza, but Bilic refused to confirm that they are closing in on a deal with the Italian international.
“I’m not going to tell you the details, but we have been linked with Zaza last year also, last summer,” Bilic said. “He’s a top player and I like him. I was here last year so it tells you everything and we were in contact with him last year – it didn’t happen. We will see if it does this year in the next few days.
“We have a couple of players that we are going to try to do a deal for. But we are in the period that a lot of our players, especially the offensive players, are out injured.
“Some of them long term, some of them short term, and now in this very moment we’re going to be short of numbers and short of quality. But then after that we have the international break and after that some of them should be back, so in terms of signings we are not panicking.”