Slaven Bilic
Bilic says January plans haven't changed. Getty

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says the club are unlikely to be tempted into making additions to their squad in January, but says plans may change if something "exceptional comes up."

The Hammers suffered their first defeat in 10 games against a rejuvenated Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday 16 January, with goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum securing the points despite Nikica Jelavic pulling one back for the away side.

West Ham had Victor Moses back in their match day squad following a seven-week absence due to a thigh injury, while Cheikhou Kouyate also returned after missing the mid-week win over Bournemouth.

While his side are currently without the trio of Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll, Bilic believes the club are over the worst of their injury woes and aren't in a position where they need to buy.

"Every team can improve but we made a plan that we will be very active in the transfer window when the summer comes," Bilic told Sky Sports following that defeat at St James' Park. "If something exceptional comes up, we will do it. But this situation with injuries, we still have a few players who are injured but the situation is much better than it was four weeks ago. We have players back and I expect them to get fitter and fitter and we have a good squad."

West Ham found themselves 2-0 down after just 15 minutes and were perhaps lucky not to find themselves further behind as the home side enjoyed an explosive start to the game. Newcastle were guilty of passing up a number of opportunities to extend their lead with Aleksandar Mitrovic in particular wasting a number of chances.

The home side were almost made to rue their profligacy in front of goal when Kouyate was denied by goalkeeper Rob Elliot in the 90<sup>th minute, but Steve McClaren's side held onto to secure three points that have lifted them out of the relegation zone.