Date: 28th January 2018 at 11:07am
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The need to add to the squad was clearly indicated in our shock FA Cu 4th round defeat away to the League One side Wigan.

The Hammers, bereft of several first-team stars, struggled against the leaders of League One and didn`t manage to have one shot on target throughout the ninety-minutes, a shocking statistic for a Premier League side against a team two tiers below them on the football ladder.

But, with the transfer window closure almost upon us, there is a danger the club could make what are perceived to be panic buys.

Today, one news source, insidefutbol, has thrown into the mix the name of a new candidate to fill a striker position at the club.

Our referenced source is inferring that West Ham United are looking at the former Southampton striker, Graziano Pelle, as a possible addition to the club.

The Italian, now 32-years-of-age, is plying his trade in China and is on the books of Shandong Luneng, after leaving Southampton with the one-time exodus of players to China.

The theory behind the move being that David Moyes, aware of Pelle`s Premier League experience with Southampton, is hoping, if the deal can be done, Pelle can hit the ground running and play a valuable role at West Ham United.

But, at 32-years-of-age, could any possible acquisition of Pelle be deemed to be a panic buy?