West Ham are being linked with a move for Shinji Kagawa.
Alongside Everton, West Ham are supposedly weighing up a move for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.
But would he be a good signing for West Ham in the January transfer window?
West Ham chase Kagawa
According to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, via The Sun, West Ham and Everton are both interested in Kagawa this January.
The 29-year-old has played just four times for Borussia Dortmund this season and is surplus to requirements.
Despite having a year-and-a-half left to run on his contract, Kagawa is ready to move away in the January window.
And a return to the Premier League could be on the cards for the ex-Manchester United midfielder.
West Ham have lost summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko to a long-term injury so his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Kagawa could be brought in to fill that void.
Borussia Dortmund could let him go for £12m, according to this report.
Kagawa’s career so far
Kagawa started his European adventure in 2010 after impressing in Japan. He joined Borussia Dortmund, playing 71 games and scoring 29 goals in two seasons for the Germans.
Two years at Manchester United followed that spell. Between 2012 and 2014, Kagawa scored six times in 57 games for the Red Devils.
In 2014, he returned to Borussia Dortmund but has faded from the first-team picture in recent seasons.
The Japan international also has 95 caps for his country and impressed in the World Cup this summer.
Would Kagawa be a good signing?
Signing Kagawa would represent a risk because he has little sell-on value.
By the end of the season, he will be in his 30s and West Ham will not make a profit on him.
But if Manuel Pellegrini is searching for a short-term solution in attacking midfield, Kagawa could be a shrewd purchase at the right price.
His versatility would make him a useful player for the Hammers. He can operate on either wing, meaning he could be a like-for-like replacement for the injured Yarmolenko.
But his ability to play centrally means that he could add creativity to the midfield trio in Pellegrini’s 4-3-3 system.
Although this is a risk due to his age and lack of playing time this season, Kagawa has the ability to thrive at West Ham if he can rediscover his best form.