West Ham United have been linked with a move for out of contract defensive midfielder Nemanja Radoja.
According to TEAMtalk, Radoja is closing in on a move to England with West Ham battling two other clubs for his signature.
The Serbia international is available on a free transfer so is available even though the transfer window is closed.
The 26-year-old was released by Celta Vigo in the summer after missing last season through injury.
West Ham linked with free agent defensive midfielder
But Radoja was a regular for the other four seasons of his time in Spain.
West Ham have looked desperately short in central midfield with Declan Rice isolated and outnumbered.
The signs were there in pre-season and things have not improved in now Premier League has resumed.
The Hammers were humbled 5-0 by Manchester City and put in an arguably worse performance in a 1-1 draw at Brighton last time out.
Much-needed but major stumbling block
A player like Radoja is much-needed at West Ham. Pellegrini only has ageing flop Carlos Sanchez as back-up and supporters don’t trust the Colombian after some calamitous displays.
But West Ham cannot sign Radoja even if Pellegrini wants to.
That’s according to a new report from fellow Hammers website Claret & Hugh which explains how the make-up of the West Ham squad puts paid to any hope of a move for the Serbian.
‘Report doesn’t stack up’
“West Ham have no squad positions available having filled and submitted their list for all 17 non-home-grown players for this season,” Claret & Hugh states.
“With the current squad full the Hammers are restricted to signing free agents who are homegrown players as they have two positions available or under 21s which are unlimited so as this guy is 26 and non-homegrown this report doesn’t stack up.”
West Ham fans will just have to hope Pellegrini can tweak his team to ensure they are more solid.
And that Sanchez can prove everyone wrong.