West Ham seek January deal for Besiktas star Atiba Hutchinson - report

West Ham are reportedly preparing a knockdown January bid for Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson.

West Ham notched a 1-0 win against Newcastle United on Saturday, ending a run of three successive games without a win.

With many impressive displays from summer signings so far this season, the Hammers are in a good position to make a run at European qualification, but may need more additions in the January transfer window.

Manager Sam Allardyce has been linked with a host of centre backs already, including Dan Burn, Aleksandar Dragovic and Martin Hinteregger as questions continue to be asked over Winston Reid's future.

Yet adding another central midfielder could be on the agenda, with Alex Song only on loan, whilst Mark Noble and Morgan Amalfitano's contracts expire at the end of this season.

Sampdoria's Pedro Obiang has already been linked, and it seems like Allardyce has a very specific idea of what he wants; tall, strong and athletic, with the ability to change between holding midfield and central midfield in his 4-1-2-1-2 system.

Now, according to reports in Turkey, Allardyce and West Ham are preparing a cut-price bid for Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, who again fits the above mould.

Yet whilst Obiang is a relative youngster, Canadian international Hutchinson, formerly of PSV Eindhoven, is almost 32, and brings a wealth of experience with him.

Hutchinson has earned praise for his displays in Turkey, and even Arsene Wenger admitted to admiring him before his Arsenal side played Besiktas in the Champions League.

"The best player on Besiktas? I was impressed by Hutchinson." Wenger said back in August.

It may not be quite as exciting as a pursuit of Obiang, who has been likened to Yaya Toure, but Hutchinson's contract is set to expire with Besiktas in the summer, meaning West Ham could land a knockdown deal in the January transfer window.

On a contract worth around £15,000-per-week in Turkey, but is now reportedly demanding a deal more in the region of £28,000-per-week - which Besiktas may choose to reject as they pursue Croatian international Marcelo Brozovic.

That would leave Hutchinson free to move to Upton Park, but he may well be a contingency plan in case they can't lure Obiang to East London.

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