“Are we going to try to get one? We’re going to try to get one if possible”
But West Ham hope he can be persuaded to join them before he heads off to the Chinese Super League in January.
Bony’s £128,000-a-week wages could still be a problem but club sources insist his salary is not a deal-breaker.
Asked about his striker crisis following Sunday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth, Bilic said: “Are we going to try to get one? We’re going to try to get one if possible.
“The chairman is going to be very generous, I think, and we’re going to get one if we can find a proper one, but they’re very hard to find.