Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is under severe pressure following his side's underwhelming start to their 2017/18 campaign, and if he is still in charge come January, the transfer window will be one of vital importance to his future.
One player who West Ham have already been linked with is Galatasaray ace Papa Badou Ndiaye, with Turkish media outlet Sporx claiming that the east London outfit have been scouting the 27-year-old.
They are not the only Premier League club monitoring his situation, however, with Sporx claiming that both Spurs and Newcastle are keeping an eye on developments.
The powerful, energetic midfielder possesses all of the attributes that Bilic's side currently desperately lack, and his presence in the Hammers side would undoubtedly make a huge difference to the manner in which they play.
He is a talented footballer, with an engine that is the envy of many a professional football. His work-rate is second to none, and his desire and will to win would provide the West Ham team with a much-needed injection of urgency.
And if the east Londoners manage to find a way of beating both Tottenham and the Magpies to Ndiaye's signature, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for Bilic's side, along with a real statement of intent.
And with the opening of the January transfer window just around the corner, this will certainly be one to keep a close eye on.