In the summer, West Ham United were heavily linked with the signature of Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea. The England international and Premier League winner was pushed down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge by the 2018 arrivals of Ross Barkley, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. The emergence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek did not help his cause.
That has not proved a fruitful endeavour. Drinkwater has played just once this season, featuring for 30 minutes in the Community Shield defeat. It has not exactly been a dream move since he secured his £35 million switch from Leicester City in 2017.
West Ham should, therefore, surely consider a renewed bid this month.
With Jack Wilshere seemingly incapable of staying fit and Pedro Obiang rumoured to be on his way out of the club West Ham could use an extra pair of legs in the heart of midfield.
Of course, they should not be paying anywhere near £35 million for a player who has barely kicked a ball this season. However, if West Ham could sign him on loan with a view to something more permanent they could be securing a top recruit to eventually replace Mark Noble as the reliable midfield general.