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West Ham manager Bilic praises Bournemouth for ‘thinking big’

Slaven Bilic believes Bournemouth should be commended for completing some early business in the January transfer window.

As the West Ham United boss prepares for Tuesday night's Premier League meeting with the Cherries at Vitality Stadium, he touched on Eddie Howe's transfer dealings which have already seen Juan Manuel Iturbe, Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban arrive at the Dorset club.

Bilic feels the quality additions of the first-year Premier League club proves their mentality is positive ahead of the second half of the season as he strives to deal with the attacking threat provided by former Wolves star Afobe.

"We were expecting him (Afobe) to play on Saturday (Tuesday) so I have already watched him in a few games, he's a very good player," Bilic said ahead of the game.

"They have also signed Juan Iturbe from Roma who is a great winger. Bournemouth are thinking big, so well done to them.

"They had a lot of injuries and have done well to maintain good results without those players, but they have probably been waiting for this transfer window."

Bilic added that he expects Bournemouth to be even more of a threat now than they were when they defeated the Hammers at Upton Park in August.

"They are a good side, they have been together a long time with the same manager, and now they have added a couple of players who they needed," added Bilic.

"They are well organised, they are hard to beat, they run a lot and they did it here when they beat us 4-3, so we are very aware of what to expect when we play them."

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