English Premiership

Bilic eyes out of favour Sturridge

2017-04-28 14:45
Daniel Sturridge (Getty Images)

Cape Town - West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he has a list of striker targets for next season, with Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge very much in his thoughts.

The Hammers have struggled for consistency this season, with their last outing a 0-0 draw with Everton that has left them in 14th place on the Premier League standings, with four games to play.

Bilic is already planning for next season, and one area he is desperate to strengthen is in attack, with the likes of Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew having suffered with injuries at various stages this term.

Sturridge, meanwhile, has played just 16 times in the Premier League this season, prompting rumours of an imminent departure from the Reds.

Reflecting on the Toffees' stalemate, Bilic said: "Offensively we did everything in terms of determination, commitment, running.

"But we lacked a bit of spark, a bit of quality to make a good decision to do something. We are going to talk about the new season after this season. We've got positions we would like to fill.

"Last year we did something but we didn't fill all the positions.We wanted to, but it's not easy and it doesn't depend on you. You have to find the right player.

"The player you want has to be available and he has to choose you.

"If you talk about Sturridge as a player, especially if you go back two or three seasons, he was unbelievable.

"But then, he wasn't a subject for West Ham.

"Now you can still see it when he plays. He plays very rarely but I watched Stoke against Liverpool the other day. He came on and, with a couple of passes, he broke their defence.

"So of course he is showing that when he plays, but he plays very rarely. When he is on fire, he is a great player. Is he the sort of striker we would look at? We are going to see. We have our list of strikers."

Up next for West Ham is a trip to Stoke on Saturday where Carroll will be sidelined with a groin problem, while Diafra Sakho is also out.

Kick off is at 16:00.

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