Whilst West Ham fans have been hoping that Winston Reid would sign a new contract to stay at Upton Park, manager Sam Allardyce effectively ended any lingering doubts by saying that the New Zealand international has no future with the Hammers.
"There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham at the moment," said Allardyce earlier this week, per the Daily Mail. "His contract finishes on June 30. He hasn't said he's going to sign or that he's not going to sign."
"I'm airing on the side that he isn't going to sign by the feel of it and look of it. Knowing how the football world works, talking to managers about the situation it's very unlikely Winston will sign for us given what people are saying to me," he added.
With Arsenal and Liverpool both lining up moves to sign the 26-year-old, it's time for Hammers boss Allardyce to start identifying potential replacements for Reid.
The likes of Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kiev), Martin Hinteregger (Red Bull Salzburg) and Nicolas N'Koulou (Marseille) have all been touted as possible contingency plans for Allardyce, but he may look closer to home.
According to the Daily Mail, the Hammers are considering a move to hijack Schalke's move for Manchester City outcast Matija Nastasic.
The Serbian international, 21, has been frozen out by City manager Manuel Pellegrini, and looked set to sign for Schalke in £10m deal this week.
But with nothing signed and sealed, the Daily Mail suggest that West Ham may well hijack that bid, with the former Fiorentina defender seen as a potential replacement for Reid.