The Hammers are close to sealing a £12 million deal to sign Newcastle ace Jonjo Shelvey, according to the Express, as David Moyes looks to bolster his midfield ranks at the London Stadium.
The Croatia international is an accomplished deep-lying midfield player, and possesses a wonderful array of passing skills. He would have been the ideal addition for the Hammers, and they could surely have signed him for a cut-price deal this month, with his contract so close to expiring with the Serie A side.
Whilst the potential signing of Shelvey for £12 million represents decent business for West Ham in the current market, they could have earned themselves an even greater bargain by bringing Badelj to the club this month for a minimal fee, or even on a free transfer in the summer.
The 28-year-old midfielder is a proven commodity at the very highest level, and his 32 international caps for Croatia serve as evidence of his quality.
Badelj is also a physically robust player, and possesses all of the attributes required to be a success in the Premier League.
He would have been the ideal long-term replacement for Mark Noble, but it looks like the east London outfit have missed a trick in not bringing him to the club this month, and instead focusing on the signing of Jonjo Shelvey from the Magpies.