Following the arrival of David Moyes as the club’s new manager, West Ham United will surely enter the transfer market in 2020.
The Hammers are languishing perilously close to the relegation zone in the Championship and Moyes must stop the rot.
One man who has been linked with a move to the London Stadium is Joe Allen.
The Stoke City midfielder is reportedly on the radar of the Hammers who want to complete a £12 million deal (The Express).
Given that Allen is currently playing for a team in the Championship bottom three, however, it may represent a risk.
The Wales international is 29 but has been playing Championship football for the last 18 months in a struggling side.
Given his professionalism, there is still enough to suggest that Allen could do a job. West Ham could perhaps go one better, however, and enter the race for Adam Lallana.
According to the Telegraph, a queue is forming for the versatile Liverpool player who is out of contract in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp is hoping that his utility man will sign a one-year deal in order to stop teams signing Lallana on a free transfer.
If the right offer is forthcoming in January, however, Lallana could move on.
The £110,000-a-week (Spotrac) player has only started three games for Liverpool this season.
When he has played he has featured in a number of positions, including in central midfield where he has looked okay.
West Ham have Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Carlos Sanchez fighting for two spots in the team. Jack Wilshere is currently out injured but remains at the club.
With Rice and Noble the first-choice pairing, there is no saying that Allen would even force his way into Moyes’ team.
The Hammers may have enough to stay up with those options if the new boss can get them going.
Rather than adding Allen as a stop-gap, he might be better off pursuing Lallana and securing a player who can play in more than one position.