The transfer window closes on Thursday at 5:00pm for clubs in the UK, and West Ham United appear keen to add at least one more name to their squad.
Manuel Pellegrini has been extremely busy since taking over from David Moyes, and has completed deals for Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbuena.
Fans are very excited about this show of ambition from the manager and the board, but it might not be over with just yet, with a number of players having been linked to the club late on in the window.
It would appear that Pellegrini wants to sign a holding midfield player before Thursday’s deadline and, in the space of the past week, Thiago Maia of Lille, Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea, Roma’s Maxime Gonalons and most recently Fiorentina’s Carlos Sanchez.
The sheer volume of targets perhaps indicates Pellegrini’s genuine desire to phase out the ageing Mark Noble, who has made 435 appearances in total for West Ham since breaking through in 2007 after loans moves to Hull City and Ipswich Town.
Noble has been a fantastic servant to the club but, at 31 and having played so much football, is sadly no longer the player he once was.
The captain can undoubtedly still do a job for the Hammers, but perhaps Pellegrini is ushering in a new dawn at the London Stadium what with all these refreshing signings he is making.
Noble is great to have around the place and could play a ‘Carrick role’ for the club. Perhaps it is time for West Ham to realise this new found ambition properly, and move on from mediocrity.
One has to think that signing any one of the aforementioned names could mean the gradual phasing out of the stalwart Noble.