West Ham should attempt to sign former Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb from Schalke in January.
The 26-year-old left Spurs to join the Bundesliga outfit for £17 million (Daily Mail) in the summer of 2017 having impressed during a loan spell the season before.
Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his central midfield ranks at the London Stadium next month.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have formed a wonderful partnership for West Ham. Moyes only has Mark Noble to call upon in reserve, however.
And the Hammers skipper’s display against Chelsea proved that he will massively struggle in the Premier League this season if the Scot is forced to use him.
Schalke ace Nabil Bentaleb would be the ideal addition for West Ham. The 35-capped Algeria international was never really given a chance with Tottenham.
He has flourished in Germany, however.
Nabil Bentaleb has thrived in the Bundesliga
The 26-year-old has racked up 19 goals and nine assists in 105 games for the Bundesliga outfit (Transfermarkt).
Bentaleb can play in the deep-lying midfield role, in a more orthodox central role or even as a number 10.
The Schalke star would offer strong cover and competition for Rice and Soucek and he would also be very familiar with one West Ham ace – Said Benrahma.
The duo have played together numerous times for the Algerian national team.
The 26-year-old midfielder is technically proficient and is cool and composed when in possession of the football. He might be able to offer us something different than what we currently have in the middle of the park.
Buli News reported in the summer that Schalke could be willing to sell Bentaleb for just £18 million.
That would represent great value for West Ham. Whether the Hammers board would be prepared to back David Moyes with that kind of cash to sign the former Tottenham ace, however, remains to be seen.