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.
But the Hammers boss 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,” said Bilic when asked about the Liverpool man.
“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 has not trained with the Liverpool squad in six weeks, and manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to be growing increasingly frustrated with the situation.
But when it was put to Bilic that Sturridge, 26, may become available, 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.”