With the possibility of Alex Song and Cheikhou Kouyate being called up for international duty ahead of the African Cup of Nations, West Ham may need to bring in another athletic midfielder in January.
The likes of Javi Fuego and Pedro Obiang have been linked with moves to Upton Park, whilst Besiktas star Atiba Hutchinson has also been touted as a possible target.
The 31-year-old Canadian international has been excellent for the Turkish side since his 2013 move from PSV Eindhoven, and has great strength and stamina to replace Kouyate as a box-to-box midfielder for West Ham.
With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2015, Hutchinson is free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January, but it's more likely that a team tries to pounce on his contract situation with a cut-price transfer next month.
That would be beneficial for the Hammers, and upon winning the Canadian Player of the Year award, Hutchinson admitted that not only had he heard the rumours, but also that he'd be interested in a move to England.
"It’s kind of hard not to know what’s happening and hear all the rumours," Hutchinson said. "A lot of it sometimes is rumours. Some of it is a little bit more serious than others. I’m just playing it by ear and seeing what happens over the next couple of months, because in January I’m open to speak to anyone."
"But I’ve enjoyed my time here in Turkey. The fans, the support and everything has been amazing. The club is very big here and the fans really have taken me in very well. So I’m pretty comfortable here and I’ve said it before that I’m very open to staying here," he continued.
“If things play out that way, I’d be happy to stay here another couple of years. Unless something very exciting came up, if it was the Premier League, if it was maybe one of the bigger leagues in Europe, I’d definitely take that into consideration," added Hutchinson.