West Ham United should consider bringing Michael Carrick back to the club where it all started this summer.
Carrick progressed through the Hammers' youth academy before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United during his stellar career at the top level.
The central midfielder has become a high-profile star and played at the highest level, winning nearly every trophy available for English sides.
He is now regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation, but this summer his future will be up in the air.
Carrick's current contract at United runs out at the end of the season. and with no deal being offered at the moment, West Ham should be plotting to bring him back.
Although the deep-lying playmaker is now 33-years-old, he still has ample ability and he could make a great addition to the club.
West Ham are likely to lose Alex Song from their midfield pack when his loan deal from Barcelona expires at the end of the season and Carrick would make a great replacement.
The United man would offer composure and know-how to a Hammers side who have seen the benefit of having a steadying figure in their squad this campaign.
Song has been one of West Ham's most notable performers this term, but with the club unlikely to make it into Europe it seems doubtful that he will stay on a permanent deal.
It opens up room for a midfielder, and surely there are few better options than Carrick.
On a free transfer he looks the perfect addition to the Hammers' squad, and his arrival would be an indication of what they are trying to achieve.
Co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have expressed a desire to guide the Hammers to the Champions League and having someone which so much experience of getting there would only be a good thing for the London outfit.
Carrick, too, would likely consider a return to the Boleyn Ground as the ideal way to end his career and, therefore, it appears a transfer which looks very appealing for both parties.