With Marko Arnautovic potentially leaving West Ham this month, Manuel Pellegrini could be forced into the transfer market.
Arnautovic is tempted by a move to China, according to various reports, and West Ham would need to replace him.
Value for money is not always easy in January, though, and it might make more sense to wait until the summer to find Arnautovic’s replacement, while a short-term loan could be a temporary solution for the remainder of this season.
West Ham could consider a move for Daniel Sturridge in the summer as he will be a free agent unless Liverpool decide to extend his contract.
With game time limited at Anfield, Sturridge might fancy a move to West Ham to resurrect his career. But would he be the solution for West Ham up front?
Marko Arnautovic situation
Last week, Arnautovic’s brother and agent Danijel told talkSPORT that the Hammers star wanted to leave and move to China.
According to The Times, Shanghai SIPG are the team interested in the Austria international and will offer £45m to West Ham.
With wages of £300k-per-week on the table for him in China, the 29-year-old seems keen to leave.
Having scored 19 goals in one-and-a-half seasons in East London, Arnautovic will be tough to replace for West Ham.
Argument against West Ham signing Sturridge
The main thing that has held Sturridge back in his career is his injury record. West Ham would be taking a risk by signing him because he is injury prone.
The last time Sturridge managed 30 Premier League games in a season was for Chelsea in the 2011/12 season.
The England international has played 11 league games this season and only managed 15 outings last term. He joined West Brom on loan last January but injury meant he could only play six times for the Baggies, who were relegated.
With a lack of regular playing time over the past few seasons, West Ham might opt against spending big wages on the former Manchester City and Chelsea man.
Argument for West Ham signing Sturridge
Alternatively, though, West Ham may feel it is worth the risk if they can land Sturridge on a free transfer.
When fit, there is no doubting that the 29-year-old is a talented finisher. His career tally of over 100 goals in just shy of 300 games proves that, especially as he has always played in the top division.
Sturridge is not a like-for-like replacement for Arnautovic but he is a fairly cheap replacement who might fancy the project at West Ham.