West Ham boss confirms striking star will not leave

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has come out to reveal that Andy Carroll is not for sale and is still considered a vital part of his squad, Mirror reports.

The 26-year-old has been linked with an exit as both Newcastle United and Sunderland emerged as potential destinations heading into the January window.

His career has been greatly halted by a host of injury concerns and is still a doubt to face Aston Villa this weekend due to a groin problem.

Despite his limited role over the past few seasons, Bilic is ready to wait for Carroll to return to full fitness in order to bring him back into the squad.

“We need players, we need him fit, we need him back. He fits into my plans. I said this from the start and that didn’t change,” he said.

“Hopefully that injury is not too bad. When he is fit, he’s a big asset for us, he’s a big weapon, it’s hard to play against him. When he has his presence, his hunger, his ability, of course he’s really important for us.”

The striker only managed to start five matches while featuring a further five times from the bench, scoring one goal and providing another one assist so far this term.

The Hammers currently find themselves eight on the Premier League table, drawing their last four matches in the competition.