The number 10 position is one that has been under question at the Boleyn Ground this season, with Stewart Downing the frequent selection in that role.
At the beginning of the campaign, Downing excelled in the hole behind the strikers, but a loss of form has seen him shifted back into a wide position, and saw Kevin Nolan try his hand in that central role.
Whilst a talented attacking midfielder, age has been catching up with Nolan this term, and he has really failed to perform to his best abilities. It would be no surprise to see him out the door this summer, and with Downing himself ageing - as well as being inconsistent - the number 10 position needs tending to this summer.
With playmakers being in demand by all the top clubs, West Ham will hardly have the pick of the bunch to choose from. However, there is one talented midfielder who fits the bill perfectly - and could be available this summer.
Leroy Fer currently turns out for QPR, and is their best player by quite some distance. With the R’s staring down relegation, it is unlikely that Fer will want a drop to the Championship - having already moved from Norwich to QPR after the former were relegated last season.
He is a talented box to box midfielder, but it is when utilised as an attacking midfielder that his talents really start to shine through.
The 25-year-old registered 1.9 shots per game, 1.6 key passes per game and completes over two dribbles per game, which are strong numbers for an attacker playing in a team who have spent much of the season defending,
If given a more free role in the number 10 position, with the Hammers defensive solidity behind him, Fer could drop his considerable ball-winning duties and focus solely on creating chances.
The Dutch international also has the benefit of his physical strengths, something that Downing and Nolan cannot now fulfil. He is both more energetic than the current West Ham duo, and is able to win the ball much higher up the pitch.
This high pressing system is one that head coach Sam Allardyce has attempted to bring to the Boleyn Ground this season, and it has worked well with the efforts of strikers Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia. However, as soon as the role drops to Downing he has struggled.
Fer posses the defensive guile to complete this pressing work, whilst adding an impressive attacking ability on top.
If QPR are relegated, Fer is sure to look for a move away, and the Hammers should be at the front of what is likely to be a very long line of suitors keen to acquire his services.