Loic Remy to West Ham: New Hammers' manager Slaven Bilic wants to make £8m Chelsea striker first signing

Bilic was confirmed as West Ham manager yesterday

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Slaven Bilic is aiming to make Chelsea striker Loic Remy his first signing as West Ham manager, according to reports.

Remy is valued at £8m, and has become frustrated at being confined to the bench behind first-choice Blues' striker Diego Costa, a report in the Daily Express has claimed.

The 28-year-old Remy signed for Chelsea last summer, and scored seven goals in 21 Premier League appearances for the club last season.

Bilic was confirmed as the new West Ham manager yesterday, replacing Sam Allardyce.

The Croatian had an 18-month spell playing for the Hammers from January 1996. Bilic, who parted company with Besiktas at the end of last season, was reported to have been interviewed about the vacancy last weekend, with the likes of Rafael Benitez, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti, Marcelo Bielsa, Michael Laudrup and Unai Emery all said to have been under consideration.


"I'm really glad to be back with West Ham United," Bilic said. "It's in the Premier League, which is among the best in the world. It’s a big challenge and you are competing with the best and what better club to do it with than West Ham.

"I remember West Ham as a special club. I love these kinds of special clubs. My last club, Besiktas, was that kind of club. It’s not about the size – West Ham is big club – there is something special about them - they are a cult clubs."