Manuel Pellegrini and the West Ham United board have been lauded for their work in the transfer window this summer, after bringing in the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson - but their best work could be just around the corner.
The club offloaded 28-year-old midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate to Crystal Palace for a fee believed to be in the region of £11million this week, and are expected to replace his departure.
The Hammers have Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Wilshere, Edimilson Fernandes and Josh Cullen in the middle of the park, but lack that real defensive bite that is required.
Kouyate's exit leaves that gap in Pellegrini's side, and they must look to bring in a defensive midfielder that adds a bit of bite to the Hammers midfield alongside skipper Noble.
The Daily Mail claim Pellegrini is looking to add that kind of midfielder, in Juventus star Stefano Sturaro on loan from the Italian champions until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League for quite some time, and talks are said to be underway over a move to land the Italy international this summer.
Landing a player of Sturaro's calibre and quality would take West Ham to the next level, certainly strengthening their chances of a top-half finish, providing the east Londoners with a much better option than Kouyate.
Making a profit on the sale of the Senegal captain and replacing him with Sturaro would be an excellent bit of business by the former Manchester City manager, and one that the club must do all they can to get done.
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