Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann
The Hammers knew they needed a home win over Brighton and Hove Albion to kickstart their underwhelming season, but they actually fell to a 3-0 defeat at the London Stadium.
A listless, shambolic, disorganised display from the Hammers has again piled the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic, which is no great surprise given that he has lost five of his first nine games in the Premier League this term.
Having just about managed to cling onto his job at the end of last season, Bilic may find himself out of a job in the near future unless results improve immediately, and a host of names are being linked with replacing him.
The Daily Express report that West Ham are now interested in landing Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann, who has emerged as arguably the top young manager in European football.
Nagelsmann, 30, was appointed as Hoffenheim boss in February 2016 despite his lack of experience, and he has taken the Bundesliga by storm, winning 46% of his 63 games in charge of the German side.
It's noted that Nagelsmann has been called a 'Mini-Mourinho', and West Ham may love to bring in one of the world's most highly-rated young managers, but they could face a battle.
German newspaper Bild report that Bayern Munich could move for Nagelsmann at the end of the season as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, and unless West Ham fancy taking on one of the world's biggest clubs, they may need to move for Nagelsmann quickly – but that would require sacking Bilic, rather than allowing his contract to run out next summer.