West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic confirmed that striker Mauro Zarate is set to depart Upton Park with 10 days left in the January transfer window.
After previously stating the Hammers were not going to be busy during the window, the club is suddenly busy.
Right back Sam Byram was brought in from Championship outfit Leeds United while Zarate looks poised for a return to Serie A with Italian outfit Fiorentina and fellow forward Nikica Jelavic, who only joined the east Londoners five months ago, could also leave.
Bilic said: “There could be a couple of players may leave the club – maybe Zarate – maybe Jelavic and if that happens then we’ll try and get one striker.
“In football sometimes a deal looks close and then it’s not or the other way around but it looks quite close he [Zarate] will go to Fiorentina.”
One striker that has surprisingly been linked with a move the E13 club is Liverpool’s England international injury prone man Daniel Sturridge.
However, Bilic swiftly denied claims the Hammers are interested in the former Manchester City player – the Upton Park outfit’s next opponents in the Premier League on Saturday (January 22).
“That is only a rumour – there is no truth behind that,” said the manager. “Daniel Sturridge is a big player but it’s only paper talk. There is nothing in it.”
Despite all of the excitement on who will arrive and who will leave, there is the small matter of Manchester City playing at Boleyn Ground in the 5.30pm kick-off.
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West Ham will be hoping for a repeat score line when they last played City – a magnificent 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium earlier in September.
After winning just one of the previous 14 Barclays Premier League games against Manchester City, West Ham have won two of the last three meetings.