According to The Sun, West Ham hold an interest in Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric - despite him signing a new contract earlier this week.
The Hammers looked to North America almost a year ago in order to sign Canadian defender Doneil Henry, and they could now do the same again with Deric.
The Sun report that Deric, 27, has caught the eye of West Ham's goalkeeping coach Chris Woods, and the club could now make a move for the American in January.
A Houston Dynamo player since 2007, Deric has had a long-standing affiliation with Owen Coyle's men, and even signed a new contract to keep him with the Texas-based club earlier this week.
Despite committing his future to the Major League Soccer club, Deric's future remains a hot topic as it's suggested that the Hammers are seeking talks with the shot-stopper.
Slaven Bilic does have two top goalkeepers in his ranks in Adrian and Darren Randolph, but the latter's impressive displays for club and country mean he could seek first-team football at some point in the near future.
Deric could be a suitable candidate to be a backup goalkeeper for the Hammers, but it still seems unlikely that the American will make the move having only recently penned a new deal with Houston Dynamo.