Between The Lines: Manuel Pellegrini hints there will be more signings at West Ham in January

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In his pre-Tottenham Hostpur press conference on Thursday (via Football.London) West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini was asked about the recent rumours from Calciomercato that the Hammers were keen on making a move for Edin Dzeko.

What did he say?

“I cannot answer you about the amount of players who are coming in to West Ham. At least you can talk about five or six players, lots of players want to be here and are linked to West Ham.

“I know him (Dzeko) very well but we are not thinking about him at the moment.”

What did he really mean?

Considering West Ham brought in no fewer than nine players over the summer, one could be forgiven for thinking they wouldn’t feel the need to do any business in January. With Pellegrini claiming that lots of players wanted to make the move though, and that he couldn’t answer about how many players were coming in, it would seem that the plan is to bring in new faces in the winter window.

The Hammers started the season poorly with four losses in their first four Premier League games, but with all the new faces things look like they are starting to click. However, with just three fit central midfielders in Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang, this could be an area that Pellegrini looks to improve.

Not ruling anything out

Whilst he certainly played down the rumours linking Dzeko with the East London club, Pellegrini did not rule anything out completely and arguably added fuel to the fire with his hedging tactics of ‘at the moment’.

Dzeko won two Premier League titles during his time at Manchester City, one of which was under the Chilean in 2013/14, and there is no doubt that even at 32-years-old he would be a fantastic signing for the Hammers in January.

Surely though if the Bosnian international were to arrive, one of either Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez, Michail Antonio or Andy Carroll would have to depart the London Stadium.