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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge not a West Ham target - Slaven Bilic

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

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.

However, he 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," Bilic said 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."

Sturridge, 26, has not trained with the Liverpool squad in six weeks, and manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to be growing increasingly frustrated with the situation.

When it was put to Bilic that Sturridge may become available, though, 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.

The Croat did confirm 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," Bilic added. "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."

Bilic, whose West Ham side entertain Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening, has already been busy in the transfer market, signing highly rated full-back Sam Byram from Leeds.

The 22-year-old was in talks with Everton, but opted to join the Hammers and trained with his new teammates for the first time on Friday.

"We have been tracking him for a long time and there was not only Everton interested in him, but a few other clubs, too," Bilic said.

"According to the TV, he was quite close to signing for Everton, but we knew we had a good chance and we are delighted that he came to us.

"I told him that I like young players and I told him my opinion and which areas he can improve and he liked it.

"I didn't promise him anything, but what he really liked is that we had been watching him for a really long time and he realised that we were serious and that we have big plans for him, but it is up to him to show us in training and in games his improvement."

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