With the prospect of James Collins leaving West Ham United at the end of the season, and Jose Fonte having left for the Chinese Super League last week, David Moyes appears to be looking to spruce up the centre-back options at the London Stadium.
This season has seen Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna feature regularly in the heart of the Hammers' defence, with the veteran Collins also slotting in on occasion.
Rather than look further afield for a new recruit, however, perhaps West Ham should consider their duo of rising stars who have been performing consistently well for the club's development team.
English youngsters Josh Pask, 20, and Tunji Akinola, 19, have been regulars for the Hammers under-23 side in the Premier League 2 division, and have developed quite the partnership in recent months.
Together, the pair have 25 appearances for the young Hammers this season, five of which came in the EFL trophy.
Pask spent a decade as a member of the West Ham academy, but he is yet to actually feature for West Ham at senior level. The 20-year-old defender has enjoyed two loan spells away from East London, first with Dagenham & Redbridge and then with Gillingham in League One.
The Englishman got some decent experience playing in England's third division, making 15 appearances in total for the Gills, and he carried his strong form into this season for the Hammers' development side.
There is no doubt that Pask is highly rated by the Hammers hierarchy and it feels only a matter of time before Moyes grants the youngster his wish by rewarding him with his senior debut for West Ham.
Should Akinola kick on and continue his development with a stint away on loan like Pask, the two could be quite the pairing for the future, especially with Reece Oxford also kicking about in search of a spot in the first-team squad.