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West Ham boss addresses speculation linking club with Liverpool crock Daniel Sturridge

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has distanced himself from recent reports linking him with a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, according to the Metro.

Reports have emerged claiming that the Hammers were weighing up an £18million move for the England international as they hunt for a proven Premier League goalscorer to give them an extra edge in the second half of the season.

Sturridge has struggled to overcome persistent injury problems again this term, and has been restricted to just six appearances, but has scored four goals. And like Andy Carroll before him, it seemed as though West Ham would swoop in to rescue another struggling frontman.

However, though Bilic has confirmed that he remains on the lookout for a new striker this month, he has ruled out a move for Sturridge as ‘paper talk’.

“That is only a rumour and there is nothing behind it,” said Bilic when asked about Sturridge.

“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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