Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his options during the January transfer window, with the addition of a central midfielder featuring highly on his wish-list.
The Scot told reporters how he is short of players in the middle of the park, as quoted by WHUFC.com:
"I think we’re short in some areas and overloaded in others. For example, we’ve got lots of forwards, but we’re really short of midfield players. We’ve got a little bit of an imbalanced squad which we’ve got to straighten out in January if we can.”
With this in mind, West Ham should consider making a move for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen, although they would surely have to offer a rather substantial amount of money, in order to tempt the Potters into selling one of their key men to a relegation rival.
The 27-year-old is a wonderfully gifted footballer, and his ability to dictate the tempo of the game from the engine room is exactly what the Hammers need, especially with Mark Noble on the wrong side of 30.
Allen is an accomplished passer of the football and possesses superb vision. He is cool and composed when in possession, and would surely be a real asset to the east Londoners.
The Wales international is surprisingly versatile, and can play anywhere from the deep-lying midfield position to the number 10 role, slotted in just behind the main striker.
This type of versatility could prove to be vital to West Ham and David Moyes, with such a long and arduous campaign still ahead for the Scot's side.
With the opening of the January window just four days away, this will certainly be one to keep a close eye on, and if Moyes does in fact manage to bring Allen to the London Stadium, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for the Hammers.