Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham continue to struggle in the Premier League despite a £100m spending spree in the summer and further additions are needed in January to get the Hammers back on track.
Midfield recruits Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez have already suffered injury setbacks this season, leaving Pellegrini short of options in the middle of the park, and Mark Noble’s red card against Leicester has increased those problems.
The Hammers look set to bolster their defensive options in January with a move for Tottenham outcast Victor Wanyama, according to Football Insider, and it is a deal that would represent superb business for the club.
Wanyama is entering the prime years of his career at 27 and has struggled to secure regular first-team action at Spurs, whereas he would instantly become one of the first names on the team sheet if he were to move to the London Stadium.
Capped 52 times by Kenya, Wanyama has vast experience of Premier League football after previously plying his trade for Southampton and his combative approach in the centre of midfield would provide protection to a leaky defensive line.
Potentially partnering Declan Rice, Wanyama could forge a superb partnership with the Hammers’ young academy graduate that would allow the likes of Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Andriy Yarmolenko ahead of them to focus on their attacking play – reducing the need for the trio to track back.