Fulham's Cairney or Norwich's Maddison - Best option for West Ham?

Tom Cairney of Fulham skips past Cole Skuse of Ipswich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Ipswich Town at Craven Cottage on January 2, 2018 in London, England.

If they have to choose a Championship midfielder to sign should West Ham go for Tom Cairney of Fulham or Norwich's James Maddison?

David Moyes manager of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on January 20, 2018 in London, England.David Moyes, manager of West Ham United, during the Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth.

West Ham United look set to have a busy end to the January transfer window with bids in for several players, two of which are from the Championship.

Central midfield appears to be the area being targeted, with Sky Sports reporting Joao Mario is set to join on loan from Inter Milan, while a £15m bid has been rejected by Fulham for Tom Cairney.

Player of SSC Napoli Marko Rog vies with FC Internazionale player Joao Mario during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and FC Internazionale at Stadio San Paolo on October 21, 2017 in...SSC Napoli's Marko Rog vies with FC Internazionale midfielder Joao Mario during the Serie A match at Stadio San Paolo.

Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker and Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United are also on the wishlist, while the Guardian claims another offer has been turned down by a club from the second tier of English football - this time of £12m for Norwich City ace James Maddison.

With Cairney and Maddison both clearly players that the Hammers are interested in, which one would be the better signing for manager David Moyes?

At 27-years-old the former is the older choice, but has played in the Premier League before - albeit in 2009/10 - after coming through the ranks at Hull City.

Tom Cairney of Fulham skips past Cole Skuse of Ipswich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Ipswich Town at Craven Cottage on January 2, 2018 in London, England.Tom Cairney of Fulham skips past Cole Skuse of Ipswich Town during the Sky Bet Championship match at Craven Cottage.

Cairney is very experienced at Championship level and has been impressive for the Cottagers since joining the West London outfit from Blackburn Rovers in 2015 and is a source of creativity behind the striker.

Maddison operates in a similar way with an attacking attitude from midfield, but at 21 has far less experience than the Scotland international and has only truly caught the eye this season.

Prior to that the youngster was largely with boyhood club Coventry City, but eight goals and eight assists in 31 appearances in all competitions this term suggests he could be ready to make the step up and he certainly has the greater potential for improvement. 

Norwich City's English midfielder James Maddison (L) vies with Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz during the FA Cup third round replay football match between Chelsea and Norwich City...Norwich City midfielder James Maddison (L) vies with Chelsea's David Luiz during the FA Cup third round replay football match.

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