According to Wales Online, Cardiff City are interested in a January loan swoop for Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne.
Due to the rapid rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Clyne has lost his place in the Liverpool side.
And without a minute of Premier League football to his name this season, he could seek a January exit to salvage his stalling career.
Cardiff are set to offer Clyne an escape route but West Ham should enter the race for the right-back.
Clyne would be the perfect short-term solution for West Ham in this position.
West Ham’s problem area
For more than a decade now, right-back has been a notorious problem position at West Ham.
For brief spells, West Ham have eased their concerns at right-back. During Carl Jenkinson’s first loan spell with the club, the Irons thought they’d found their solution.
But a loss of form and then long-term injuries meant that his second loan stint was cut short.
Pablo Zabaleta is West Ham’s current right-back and he is one of the best that they have had in the Premier League era.
But the 33-year-old is considering retirement, meaning West Ham need to find his successor.
With Ryan Fredericks and Sam Byram – two potential replacements for Zabaleta – both out with long-term injuries, Manuel Pellegrini surely has to dip into the January transfer window to sign a new right-back.
Clyne started his career at Crystal Palace and moved to Southampton in 2012.
During his time with the Saints, he gained plenty of admirers and eventually completed a summer 2015 switch to Liverpool.
The 27-year-old has over 200 Premier League appearances to his name but is out of favour at Anfield at the moment.
With 14 England caps to his name as well, Clyne was one of the best in the country when he was playing regularly but he needs to move away to resurrect his career after several injuries.
Would Nathaniel Clyne help?
With Fredericks out injured for a lengthy period of time, signing Clyne on loan would be an ideal short-term fix.
Given his recent injury record, a permanent transfer might be risky and a loan spell would allow West Ham to run the rule over him ahead of next summer.
The Hammers can surely tempt Clyne more than Cardiff. And he would learn a lot from Zabaleta’s knowledge of the game.
West Ham should pursue a loan deal in January with the option to buy Clyne in the summer, should he impress Pellegrini during the rest of the season.