According to a report from the Athletic, West Ham boss David Moyes is still an admirer of Chelsea ace Ross Barkley, and the Scot could make a loan move for the midfielder this summer.
Moyes gave Barkley his debut in 2011 whilst he was in charge of Everton.
And with the Hammers in need of more attacking midfield reinforcements, a move to bring the 26-year-old to the London Stadium from Stamford Bridge certainly makes sense.
Especially with ExWHUemployee having claimed that Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Manuel Lanzini could all be sold this summer.
The Sun reported last month that Frank Lampard is willing to allow the 33-capped England international to leave Chelsea.
So would he be a good addition for West Ham?
Barkley joined Chelsea from Everton in January 2018, for a fee believed to be worth £15 million (BBC).
He has gone on to rack up 10 goals and 11 assists in 82 games for Chelsea (Transfermarkt).
The 26-year-old racked up one goal and four assists in 21 Premier League games for the Blues this season (Who Scored).
In those 21 outings, he averaged 1.9 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
On his day, Barkley is an outstanding talent. But is must be said that David Moyes must surely be prioritising other areas of his West Ham squad.
The Scot has little money to spend this summer. And any cash that he does have must be garnered through players sales.
Sure, Barkley would be a decent addition for the Hammers. But there are more pressing matters issues in urgent need of attention at the London Stadium this summer.
The signings of a new right-back, left-back and centre-forward should be West Ham’s main targets this summer. And a move for the 26-year-old Chelsea midfielder can take a back seat…for now at least.