There have been enough positive signs from West Ham in recent weeks to suggest that Manuel Pellegrini's men should go into January not facing anything like the relegation pressure that the club had to contend with last season.
The Hammers lost their most recent game, but looked transformed in the weeks before the trip to Brighton, and the quality within their team is certainly starting to come together.
It would be a huge surprise if the Irons were key protagonists when potential relegation candidates were discussed in January. And the luxury of that should be that Pellegrini can have one eye on the future when it comes to the business that they do in the winter window, rather than focus on players who could potentially make an instant impact.
And if that proves to be the case, then the Irons should consider making a bid for Liverpool striker Divock Origi amid surprise reports from Turkish outlet Aksam that Everton are keen on the Belgian.
It would be a huge shock if the Reds allowed the striker to head to Goodison Park, but Jurgen Klopp is struggling to give the 23-year-old the game-time he needs to justify keeping him.
With West Ham's youngest forward turning 29 this month - although Felipe Anderson is 25 if he can be counted - the Irons undoubtedly need to freshen up their attacking options in the coming windows despite the remarkable form of Marko Arnautovic.
But with the Liverpool Echo reporting in the summer that Liverpool wanted £27 million before they sold Origi, the Irons would be forgiven for feeling incredibly cautious about going near that asking price.
Instead, Pellegrini should pitch to Liverpool that the two clubs agree a loan deal in January that allows Origi to get some game-time at the London Stadium - with Arnautovic out of the equation, it is perhaps fair to say that no player is making himself the undisputed second choice - with a future fee being agreed for the summer should West Ham decide to make the move permanent.
If Origi starts to look like a player who could realise his initial potential, then he could prove to be a steal at £27 million if the Irons decide to keep him.
And if nothing else should West Ham decide against a future deal, Liverpool can put Origi in the shop window without having to send him across the road to potentially shine for their rivals. With his stock seemingly quite low already, it is worth a roll of the dice for the Reds and for the Hammers.
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