West Ham United have failed in a bid to land former Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra on a free transfer, as reported by the BBC, with manager Sam Allardyce still seemingly interested in strengthening his options in that area.
Cameroon international Alex Song is only on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona, and there has been no suggestion that he will be penning a permanent agreement with the club.
If he doesn't stay at Upton Park long-term, then Allardyce will need to bring in another midfielder, and he was recently linked with a move to sign Valencia's Javi Fuego.
The 31-year-old has made 58 appearances for Valencia in all competitions since his 2013 move from Rayo Vallecano, and is a reliable member of Nuno's team at the Mestalla.
The Spaniard is a strong, imposing defensive midfielder, and the Daily Mail suggested back in December that the Hammers had scouted Fuego ahead of a possible £4m bid.
That didn't materialise in January, but with just over a year left on his contract with the La Liga side, he could well be available in the summer.
Speaking to the Valencia official website, Fuego admitted that there have been no talks with the club about a new contract extension.
"So far I have not heard from the club about a contract renewal, but it is not something that worries me. I'm enjoying each day and whatever comes will be because I'm doing my job well. Hopefully I can stay here for a long time," he said.
That revelation could be of interest to West Ham, but they would of course have to wait until the summer to make any offer for Fuego.