West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has revealed why Demba Ba did not rejoin the Hammers during the January transfer window. The Hammers boss said he phoned the Senegalese international about returning to London but was told by the player that he had a long term injury.
Bilic felt that Ba being sidelined for over a month would not be helpful for West Ham going into some important matches in February. He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.
“I spoke with him on the phone a couple of weeks ago. The problem is he was very badly injured and he told me that he would be fit in March — that’s too late for us. He is a player who proved himself in the Premier League, that I have managed, and we had a wonderful year together at Besiktas. He’s a top player and I want him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
The 31 year old played for West Ham in 2011, before switching to Newcastle and Chelsea. He played under Bilic during his spell at Besiktas before the forward switched to the Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua in 2015.
Ba has decided to return to Besiktas on loan until the end of the season. The Hammers meanwhile also pulled out of a move for Brentford striker Scott Hogan. who joined Aston Villa for £12m instead on deadline day.