West Ham need to strengthen in almost every area of the pitch this month.
That obviously will not be possible, however. So the Hammers need to prioritise who they try to bring in.
It could be argued that central midfield is the department that requires attention the most.
West Ham desperately lack any kind of pace, power, athleticism and energy in central midfield.
Declan Rice is a consistent performer, but Mark Noble’s powers are waning, and David Moyes has little in reserve.
That’s why signing Sander Berge from Genk this month is more important than ever.
Bleacher Report claimed last month that the Hammers are leading the race for the £20 million-rated 21-year-old.
But after the Gedson Fernandes fiasco, West Ham fans could be forgiven for being apprehensive about their side’s chances of capturing the Norway international.
The Hammers desperately need more physicality in the middle of the park, and without it they will continue to get overrun. Relegation to the Championship is a very real prospect all of a sudden, and bringing in Berge this month could make all the difference for them.
Standing at 6ft 4in tall, the Genk sensation cuts an imposing figure. He has energy in abundance, and is exactly the type of box-to-box midfielder that West Ham so badly need.
£20 million for Berge would be an absolute steal. And it could end up looking like mere pocket change. The young Norwegian could easily be worth three times that amount in just a few years time.
West Ham need to pay up and bring the Genk starlet to the London Stadium. It could make the difference between relegation and survival for them this season.
Whether the east London outfit’s owners will view it that way, however, remains to be seen.