Slaven Bilic has come out and rubbished rumors that he and striker Diafra Sakho had an argument about Sakho's status for the Sunderland game, and instead claims that the Senegalese striker had a "small injury" that forced him to miss the Sunderland game.
Despite the centre-back being 36, there is likely to be a scramble for his signature and Bilic admitted he is one of many admirers. "He's not only one of the best players in the Premier League but in the whole of Europe".
"We are talking about an England captain, a true leader".
'We are pretty well covered in that position, we have quality and we have experience, but we will see. "You never say never".
Sam Byram and Mark Noble are suspended for the Toffees clash and Andy Carroll out with a groin injury but defender Winston Reid is back from a groin injury.
It remains to be seen whether Bilic can inspire his team to finish the season on a high in order to convince the board that he is the right man to take West Ham forward. It's a big boost for us. The towering striker has had to nurse the problem for much of the season but Bilic does not think he will be out for a substantial period of time.
He said: "He was injured, he is supposed to train today, then we will see".
"He had a little injury last weekend so he wasn't available against Sunderland but there was no row with him", said Bilic.
Bilic knows stifling Lukaku is no easy task and believes a mammoth collective effort will be needed from his West Ham players in order to stop the Everton hitman from adding to his 24 league goals. A £12million permanent summer move is a possibility, Bilic confirmed.
"I'm not sure if that's going to be a position we'll look at if and when we're safe, and hopefully we are safe by the end of the season". He is on a long contract with us.