West Ham United transfer news: Manuel Pellegrini admits he only wanted to sign Gary Medel in January

Manuel Pellegrini insisted he was not frustrated with West Ham United’s transfer activity – or lack of it – in the January window.

After bringing in Samir Nasri on a free transfer on New Year’s Eve, the Hammers did not add any other players to their injury-hit squad.

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Pellegrini is content with his current crop of players

That was despite strong interest in, among others, Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez and Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi.

However, Marko Arnautovic’s decision to stay – and potential moves away for Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez failing to materialise – means Pellegrini has to stick with what he has got for the remainder of the season.

Batshuayi’s apparent decision to choose Crystal Palace over West Ham raised eyebrows on deadline day, but Pellegrini insisted he was only ever interested in signing a striker if one was transferred out.

“I am not frustrated,” he said. “We didn’t have any interest in bringing a new player here unless we sold one.

“We have a squad, we have some players with long injuries but we have other players.

“The only interest we had in changing players was if we sold one but if not, we have the squad and it must be ready to play the last 14 games of the season.

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Medel spent the 2013-14 season at Cardiff City

“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. But then it turned out the player was not free.

“So I think that we have the squad and we will work with it until the end of the season. Then we will see in the summer what we need to do. The January window does not offer many solutions.”

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