Manuel Pellegrini batted away press questions with a straight bat after a quiet January transfer window for West Ham United.

West Ham have a Premier League worst injury list which has ultimately derailed their hopes for success this season.

As a result many supporters felt the club needed to invest in January.

But only free transfer Samir Nasri arrived to strengthen the first team.

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40 players linked, one regret

Pellegrini was linked with over 40 players during the course of the month.

Maxi Gomez was the highest profile player linked with fans hopeful the club would pull off the exciting signing.

Nothing came of it, though, as deadline day passed without any new additions.

Speaking to the press in his pre-Liverpool press conference Pellegrini was keen to point out he was happy with his squad and was only interested in bringing players in IF others were sold.


The Chilean did however admit he had regrets over the club’s failure to land his fellow countryman Gary Medel, another name heavily linked (Sky Sports).

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What do you want? A Medel?

“All the names and speculation about players we might be interested in came from the media,” Pellegrini told the press as reported on

“We didn’t have any interest in bringing new players here unless we sold players.

The only player we had interest in was Gary Medel, they told us it was free and we were interested because he can play in two or three positions.

“They told us he was free but then it turned out the player was not free.”

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Probably for the best

In truth the fact the transfer did not go through is probably for the best.

The player clearly has some quality. He has played for some big clubs like Boca Juniors, Sevilla, Inter Milan and current club Besiktas.

With 114 appearances for Chile, Medel has vast experience as well as the versatility Pellegrini referenced. But he is the wrong side of 30 and West Ham are looking to build around younger players.

On top of that reports of a move for the former Cardiff City midfielder met with a mixed reaction from some West Ham fans.

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