According to latest reports from talkSPORT, Liverpool are demanding a fee of around £8 million for 24-year-old forward Fabio Borini, with Italian outfit Fiorentina believed to be leading the race for his signature.
Nonetheless, with Andy Carroll out until November and following Enner Valencia's injury on Thursday night, the Hammers remain desperate for firepower ahead of the upcoming season.
Amid this apparent 'injury crisis' at the Boleyn Ground, surely the Hammers would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to sign Borini for a relatively respectable fee, wouldn't they?
The Italian, who has one senior cap to his name, has struggled to make much of an impact for Liverpool since joining them in 2012 as one of Brendan Rodgers' first signings at Anfield.
Borini's Premier League record with the Reds stands at only eight starts among a total of 25 appearances, and just two goals. However, his time spent on loan with Sunderland during the 2013-14 season offers a far greater indication of his ability.
During that spell, he scored seven top-flight goals for the Wearsiders - finishing the season as the Black Cat's second top scorer - as well as netting three times in the club's run to the Capital One Cup final.
Ahead of the club's move to the Olympic Stadium next season, the Hammers hierarchy will need to avoid all potential pitfalls throughout the upcoming Premier League campaign - including an ensuing striking crisis.
Injury to another centre-forward at the Boleyn Ground would leave the club with just one senior performer on their books.
In a footballing world of inflated fees and huge wage packets, Borini would represent an astute signing for Slaven Bilic's West Ham side.
The Italian is by no means the most prolific player in the English top flight - hence his current standing at Anfield - but he is a proven one, nonetheless. He would undoubtedly suit the club's current needs.