Lassana Diarra has not given up on signing for West Ham despite his recent switch being blocked by FIFA, as reported by The Mail last week.
The Frenchman is a free agent who was released by Lokomotiv Moscow in September, but red tape is preventing him from signing for a club.
The Mirror has now reported Diarra as still being keen to switch to West Ham in the summer or sooner, with the player quoted: "Hopefully it can all be resolved and the deal with West Ham can be completed."
Why they may not need him
Diarra has the experience but the Hammers have progressed well this season, currently sitting in 8th position. The former Real Madrid midfielder has not played for months, and being asked to step into the midst of a crucial stage of the Premier League season will not be easy.
In Alex Song, Cheikou Kouyate and Mark Noble, West Ham have three excellent defensive midfielders and as such the need to bring in Diarra is not pressing.
When it comes to the summer, both West Ham and Diarra will find themselves with fresh options. In West Ham's case they are considering the switch because he is available. When it comes to the summer, and the transfer window is open, their options will increase substantially.
To get a player with his pedigree in could lift the dressing room, but if they cannot, the Hammers need not despair over a player who would have to work very hard to get up to the fitness required to play a part over the final three months of the season.