Slaven Bilic has told Newcastle and Sunderland that West Ham will not be selling Andy Carroll during January’s transfer window.
It has been reported that the Magpies are keen to re-sign the striker they sold to Liverpool for £35million in the January transfer window of 2011.
The 25-year-old has endured another injury-hit campaign and has netted just one goal in 10 Premier League appearances this season.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has also been credited with an interest in the England striker, but Bilic insists he wants Carroll to remain at Upton Park: “We need players. We need him fit and we need him back.
“I don’t judge my centre-forwards on whether they score goals or not. In the game against Stoke he ran and he did everything.
“He was creating space, he was holding the ball up. He looked to me that he was back fitness-wise and then he got injured. But hopefully the injury is not too bad.
“When he is fit, he’s a big asset for us, he’s a big weapon, and it is hard to play against him.
“He has his presence, his hunger, his ability and, of course, he’s really important for us.
“He fits into my attacking plans. I said this from the start and that has not changed.”