West Ham United have been given encouragement over their January transfer plans, from Chelsea boss Mauricio Sarri.
West Ham were linked with a move for Blues outcast Danny Drinkwater (The Telegraph) in the summer.
But they ended up signing central midfield duo Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere instead.
Hammers fans felt that left the squad short in the middle of the park as it was.
Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes left and Manuel Lanzini was ruled out for most of the season.
Andriy Yarmolenko was also brought in for big money to add creativity and goals from the right.
Sarri comments will give Pellegrini transfer encouragement
So when Wilshere, Sanchez and Yarmolenko picked up long term injuries it left Manuel Pellegrini stretched.
The Chilean has been linked with a renewed bid for Drinkwater in January with Sanchez and Yarmolenko out for the rest of the campaign.
And Pellegrini could also have the chance to bring back familiar face Victor Moses to solve the Yarmolenko problem on the right hand side.
That’s because Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri has admitted both players could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge after revealing neither fit into his plans (Sky Sports).
‘The situation is bad for them’
“I don’t know (if they have futures at Chelsea); they have to improve, but the characteristics are a little bit different,” Sarri told Sky Sports.
“The situation is that Drinkwater for me is not suitable for a midfield with two midfielders. I told him two months ago what I think.
“And Moses is more suitable for playing like a wing-back than like a winger or a full-back.
“If you look only at the Premier League, the situation is bad (for them).”
Double deal which suits all parties
Drinkwater, who has only been used once this season in the Community Shield, would be an ideal signing at a cut price fee or on loan with the option to buy.
Moses, who has featured just twice in the Premier League, has improved dramatically in recent seasons playing a key role in helping Chelsea win the title under Antonio Conte.
The Nigerian, like Drinkwater, has fallen out of favour under Sarri, though.
Moses would come back more experienced and give West Ham plenty of pace slotting in for Yarmolenko.
Moses would also give Pellegrini an alternative at right-back in the absence of Pablo Zabaleta given Ryan Fredericks’ struggles.