West Ham United's impressive start to the season means that they have a chance of getting into Europe for next season, particularly considering the inconsistent starts made by Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham this term.
Manager Sam Allardyce has earned plenty of plaudits for not only bringing in a host of exciting signings this summer, but also revolutionising the way West Ham play by switching to a 4-4-2 diamond system.
That means that West Ham predominantly play a short passing style with pacey strikers - a huge metamorphosis from the brand of football on offer at Upton Park last season.
Yet despite that, Allardyce has still shown that he likes to sign the players that he's become synonymous with in recent years; big, strong and aerially dominant, having signed Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho this summer.
And with concerns over the long-term future of Winston Reid, Allardyce has already started to identify potential replacements at centre back, according to reports - and one of them fits Allardyce's bill.
Fulham's Dan Burn stands at 6ft 7in, and is a dominant defender in the air as a result. Having impressed in West London with the Cottagers, the 22-year-old was linked with a £4m to Upton Park - but he says he isn't interested in leaving Fulham.
"It's just speculation," said Burn. "The first I heard about it was on Twitter! I'm pretty relaxed about things. I love playing for Fulham and want to be here."
The giant centre back was signed for just £350,000 from Darlington, but looks like being sold for well over ten times that amount - if he does even want to leave any time soon.
It leaves Allardyce to look for other solutions, with Austrian duo Aleksandar Dragovic and Martin Hinteregger both linked with the club amid fears over Reid's possible departure in January.