West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has said the Hammers are no longer interested in signing QPR striker Charlie Austin in the transfer window.
As the 26-year-old’s contract at Loftus Road continues to wind down, West Ham are one of several clubs who have been continuously linked with bringing Austin back to the Premier League – where he scored 18 times last season.
Bilic, though, has confirmed the club’s transfer priorities have changed since the summer, when West Ham were trying to sign him.
“Charlie Austin? That hasn’t come from the club,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“He’s a good player, of course, but he was linked with most of the clubs when they (Rangers) got relegated.
“We were among those clubs in the summer but we chose other options, and now we are not looking for that sort of player.”
Bilic also promised West Ham will be on their guard as they prepare to play Bournemouth having lost the reverse fixture in August.
“They are a good side, they have been together a long time with same manager, and now they have added a couple of players who they needed,” added Bilic.
“They are playing good football and the biggest thing is they don’t have negative pressure. They got promoted, and although it’s important to stay up they are enjoying it.
“You can see in the games every player is positive, they are not afraid of the ball. They enjoy playing football.
“They are well organised, they are hard to beat, they run a lot and they did it here when they beat us 4-3, so we are very aware of what to expect when we play them.”
Bilic went on to praise Bournemouth for their recent transfer additions, but is suitably prepared for the likes of Benik Afobe having watched him several times this season already.
“We were expecting him to play on Saturday so I have already watched him in a few games,” said the West Ham boss. “He’s a very good player.
“They have also signed Juan Iturbe from Roma who is a great winger. Bournemouth are thinking big so well done to them.
“They had a lot of injuries and have done well to maintain good results without those players, but they have probably been waiting for this transfer window.”