West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has indicated the club will make no further additions during the summer transfer window, claiming his current squad can deal with the injuries to new signings Andre Ayew and Sofiane Feghouli. Hammers' record signing Ayew lasted just 35 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea before going off with a thigh problem, while Sofiane Feghouli missed the game with an undisclosed injury suffered in a friendly against Juventus.
The east London club looked set to kick-off their domestic campaign with a credible point at Stamford Bridge, after James Collins' strike had cancelled out Eden Hazard's penalty. But after Diego Costa escaped being sent off for a high tackle on Adrian, the Spaniard went on to net the winner in the 89th minute as Bilic's side were condemned to a disappointing defeat.
Injury to Ayew, on his West Ham debut, accentuated the frustration of the defeat for Bilic. However, despite being unsure over the length of the Ghanaian's absence, the manager will not look to the transfer window to add cover. The Croat is content with his current squad, which must fight on four fronts this term with the club currently in the process of qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League
"I don't think so, I think we have enough," Bilic told Sky Sports upon being asked about future signings. "We don't not have enough because we have a few players out, even before him [Ayew], like [Aaron] Cresswell and [Manuel] Lanzini. We are not going to buy players just because of small injuries for our players."
"Ayew has a thigh injury," he added, according to the West Ham official website. "He told me it is not a big one, but you never know and he will have a scan on Tuesday and we have to wait for the result of the scan to know how long he will be out. Feghouli picked up something against Juventus, which we didn't think was an injury and he trained for a week, but he missed tonight because he is injured."
The comments represent a backtrack from Bilic, who had previously claimed he needed five new signings to cope with the domestic and European demands imposed on West Ham. Ayew, Frenchman Arthur Masuaku and Argentine forward Jonathan Calleri have arrived since, taking the number of new additions to nine, but it is yet to be seen whether any fresh faces will join them before deadline day on 31 August.