Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United is closed down by Bernardo Silva of Manchester City during the Premier League match at St. James' Park.
West Ham United are considering a move for Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey, according to the Mirror, as manager David Moyes looks to shake up his squad in January.
Mark Noble of West Ham United celebrates scoring their first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match against Stoke City.
Yet how to Allen, Arter and Shelvey compare to what the Hammers boss already has in Noble? Let's take a look at this season's statistics.
There is some disparity in the amount of Premier League games played this term, with Allen leading the way with 18 and Shelvey (13), Arter (11) and Noble (10) just behind.
However, the Stoke man's stats are streaks ahead of his rivals in a much higher proportion than his increased time on the pitch would suggest.
Joe Allen of Stoke City during the Premier League match against West Ham United.
Allen has created the most chances with 17 (Shelvey 13, Noble 9, Arter 2), has completed the most tackles with 35 (Arter 16, Noble 13, Shelvey 8), has the most successful take ons with 25 (Shelvey 9, Noble 4, Arter 3) and the most assists with four (the other three have none between them).
The Wales international is level with Shelvey for key passes on 13 (Noble 9, Arter 2) and Arter for goals with one, while the only key stat he does not top is pass completion - with the Cherries ace leading the way with 87 percent, Allen and Noble level on 83 percent and Shelvey trailing on 77 percent.
Even taking into account his superior amount of matches, it seems that both defensively and in attack the 27-year-old is the ideal choice for West Ham should they be able to land him.