Hammers boss David Moyes really has his work cut-out if he is to guide his side away from trouble this season.
West Ham have begun their 2017/18 campaign in woeful fashion, and currently sit precariously in 18th position in the Premier League table, after their paltry return of just 10 points form the 14 games they have played thus far.
The east Londoners have been abysmal this term, both defensively and offensively, but one particular department that seems to have been overlooked is central midfield, with a lack of fight and passion in the middle of the park proving to be costly for them.
With this in mind, the addition of a powerhouse midfielder will surely feature highly on Moyes' wish-list in January, and the Scot should consider a move for Benfica ace Andreas Samaris, who is wanted by Newcastle, according to Portuguese media outlet O Jogo.
The 28-year-old has forged a reputation within the game as somewhat of a midfield destroyer, and standing at 6ft 2in, he possesses the perfect frame for the robust nature of the Premier League.
He is strong in the tackle, competent in the air, and is a natural leader - three things that the Hammers are desperately bereft of in the engine room.
The Mirror claim that Samaris could be available for around £17.5 million, and that would represent fantastic value, what with the ludicrously inflated state of the transfer market.
With the January transfer window just around the corner, this will certainly be one to keep an eye on, and if Moyes manages to beat Rafa Benitez to the punch, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for West Ham.