West Ham United have seen their prospects of a deal for two Inter Milan stars boosted by enforced fire sale.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is nursing a Premier League-worst injury list.
The Chilean has lost Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid for the season.
Manuel Lanzini is also highly unlikely to play again this term.
He has also had to make do without Andy Carroll so far since taking over in East London.
Meanwhile Jack Wilshere has suffered with the injuries that have blighted his career.
Gabigol and Mario deal gets major boost
Pellegrini has already admitted he will be looking to strengthen his stretched squad in January.
Two players linked with West Ham of late have been Inter Milan duo Gabriel Barbosa and former Hammers loan star Joao Mario.
Brazilian striker Barbosa has been linked with a big money move to the Hammers in January (talkSPORT).
The 22-year-old is an exciting prospect but has been playing on loan at Santos in his homeland.
That expires in January when talkSPORT claim he will be on the move with West Ham waiting to pounce.
Financial Fair Play forcing Inter to raise £45 million in player sales
The Hammers have also been linked again with a new move for Mario, who helped David Moyes’ side to survival with some important assists and goals last season.
Mario was expected to sign up for another season on loan at the London Stadium but the move never materialised (London Evening Standard).
With Lanzini out Mario is missed.
And West Ham have been given a potential boost in their pursuit of the duo after Inter Milan were told they must raise £45 million in player sales by June to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions (Football Italia).
Inter will be loathe to sell leading lights
With most clubs tending to do business in July and August that effectively means Inter will have to raise the fund in January.
Certainly the Italian giants will be reluctant to lose any of their key stars like Mauro Icardi or Ivan Perisic.
Consequently Inter will look to bring in the money with the sale of quality squad players like Barbosa and Mario.
That means West Ham could get Mario and Barbosa at a good price.
And it would instantly solve two problem positions for Pellegrini up front and central midfield.