West Ham are reportedly in the race to sign Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater.
According to the Daily Mail, the Hammers are leading the chase for the 28-year-old and are asking to take him on loan for the rest of the season.
It is understood that Fulham, Burnley and Bournemouth are also keen on the three-time capped England international.
Drinkwater has not made a first-team appearance this season and fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea did splash out £35million for him from Leicester City in 2017.
West Ham certainly need to try win the race to bring him to the London Stadium, as he would provide much-needed competition in midfield.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have had a nightmare 10 days that has seen them lose three games on the spin.
The Hammers were beaten by mid-table rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night, as well Bournemouth in their last Premier League games.
They were also dumped out of the FA Cup in-between that by League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon and it’s been a tough spell for them.
West Ham can’t rely on just Declan Rice as their only consistent central midfielder, as the likes of Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang sometimes don’t match expectations.
Drinkwater would be a slight risk given his lack of game-time, but he should be fresh to give Pellegrini’s team a boost and certainly has the qualities to push for a regular starting position.
Losing the race for him would be a significant blow and they need to try end the January transfer window strongly.