West Ham have made a fine start to their Premier League campaign. They currently sit in ninth spot in the table. A win tonight against Aston Villa, however, would see them jump up to third.
Manuel Pellegrini has assembled a very strong squad at the London Stadium over the past year or so.
Big money signings Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals arrived in east London in the summer.
It could be argued, however, that the Hammers are still one or two players short or being able to make a sustained push for the top six.
One particular area of the West Ham squad that requires attention is defensive midfield.
Carlos Sanches just is not at the level required for a top six or seven Premier League side. Mark Noble is ageing, and Declan Rice has just too much pressure on his young shoulders.
And with this in mind, the Hammers should attempt to strike a bargain deal for Sevilla ace Ever Banega in January.
Here’s three reasons why he’d be a great addition for West Ham…
The 65-capped Argentina international is a ferocious competitor. He is strong in the tackle, possesses a great engine, and is always up for the fight.
He would add a real level of aggression to the Hammers’ midfield – something that they sometimes lack.
At 31, Banega is vastly experienced, and he has played at the very highest level for club and country for a sustained period of time. He’d be a fantastic chaperone for Rice, and would undoubtedly help the England international in his progression and development.
The Argentine’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2020. Sevilla would surely be open to the idea of selling him in January, rather than risk losing for nothing six months later.
And if West Ham do manage to sign him for a nominal fee, it could turn out to be a really significant piece of business for the east London outfit.