Slaven Bilic has praised Daniel Sturridge as a player that will be coveted by every team in the league, hinting at the possibility of West Ham signing him.
However, the West Ham manager has sighted injury as a problem for the forward, who has only started four matches this season.
West Ham are currently in a bad spot, sitting one point and one place above the relegation zone, with Carroll and Sakho the only forwards to have scored for the club, with one goal apiece.
West Ham have subsequently been linked with a move for Sturridge, and Bilic was effusive in his praise of the 27-year-old.
“He’s one of the biggest talents, he’s a great player. The talent is there, the touch, the finishing, everything is great. The only thing that’s stopped him being regular for club and country are the injuries,” Bilic said.
“He’s just a player that has been linked with us, basically, and we’ve been linked with almost every player.
“We’re always there in contention. Most of the time it’s absolutely not true, 95 per cent of the time. But you’re asking me about Sturridge and I have no problem about that.
“All the clubs are thinking about him because he is that kind of player.
“I don’t know his work rate, I don’t know his dedication to his job or whatever but unfortunately for England and for Liverpool and especially for him he’s injured. That’s his problem.”