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Chinese club eye lucrative swoop to land West Ham forward

bilicccWest Ham are set to sell forward Nikica Jelavic this month, with one punter over by the slot machines believing that a sale is evidence of the Hammers looking to finance and make room for a January signing.

The 30-year old joined the Hammers from Hull City last summer, but has only had 10 league appearances for the London outfit, with just 1 start, and The Evening Standard state Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande are the favourites for his signature.

Jelavic only managed to grab his first goal for Slaven Bilic’s side in their win over Wolves in the FA Cup at the weekend and has done little on-pitch to prove himself.

Last month, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan claimed that his club won’t have ‘a penny to spend on wages’ for new players, although a departure for Jelavic from Upton Park could potentially provide the funds needed for West Ham to make purchases this month, as they look to maintain their positive start to the season.

However, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, who promoted Jelavic to the first team when he was managing Hajduk Split in their native Croatia as well as giving him his international debut, claimed that the forward is ‘adored’ at the club because of his ‘work-rate he has put in every second of every training session’ following his late winner against Wolves.

Our Landlord believes that Bilic may want to keep a hold of Jelavic following his important goal at the weekend, though reports state that Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande are winning the race to capture the striker.

West Ham fans, would you like to keep hold of Jelavic this month? Let us know in the comments below!

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