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Published: 11:04 | 7/1/16

Bilic: Carroll not for sale

Newcastle linked with the striker

Andy Carroll will not be going anywhere during the January transfer window, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has declared.

After an injury-hit season, Carroll has rediscovered his form in recent weeks, scoring twice to help the Hammers climb the Premier League table.

With Diafra Sakho sidelined through injury, Carroll has found form at the perfect time but it has also sparked rumours that he could be on his way out of Upton Park, with Newcastle reportedly keen on re-signing the striker.

Bilic, however, has made it clear the forward will not be going anywhere.

"We never said we were willing to sell Andy, not me, not the Chairman," Bilic told a news conference on Thursday.

"He’s a very popular player two goals in two games, the rumours start. The only way to stop the rumours is to play badly. We do not want to sell him. I think he likes it here, he’s very important in the dressing room. I know he is happy here."

West Ham have struggled with injuries this season but Victor Moses and Winston Reid are close to returning, while Dimitri Payet is back in contention following a two-month lay-off.

Despite the injury problems, Bilic is pleased with his squad and has all but ruled out making any signings during the January transfer window.

"We coped well with the injury situation, but we don't want to be in that position again. We are not going to be that active," he said.

"We're not going to buy just because we can. But if an exceptional deal comes available, then maybe."

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