June 22, 2015 08:34:58 UK
New manager Slaven Bilic has warned West Ham supporters not to expect a mass influx of signings before the Premier League season starts.
The former Croatia coach was this month unveiled as the successor to Sam Allardyce and is charged with the task of overseeing the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium and improving on last season’s 12th-place finish.
“We will not rush just for the sake of buying. We have to be very, very clever with that. We can’t afford to buy players just for the sake of buying.”
A host of players, including the likes of QPR striker Charlie Austin, Dimitri Payet, Alex Song and Carl Jenkinson, have been linked with making moves to the Boleyn Ground but former defender Bilic has insisted there will be no panic buys.
The 46-year-old is keen to recruit players who fit his criteria of “organisation and also flair” but said he will not be embarking on a major spending spree.
“We will not rush just for the sake of buying,” the former Besiktas coach told West Ham’s official website.
“We have to be very, very clever with that. We can’t afford to buy players just for the sake of buying.
“But we’re going to try and be active, but only if those players are better than the ones we already have.”
The east Londoners have confirmed the signings of Spain Under-21 midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee. Obiang made 35 appearances for Sampdoria last season, scoring three goals as the Blucerchiati finished seventh in Serie A to qualify for the Europa League.
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph has also joined the club following his release by Birmingham City.
West Ham are currently priced 2.75 to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season.
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