According to a report from the Reading Chronicle, West Ham have enquired about signing Reading left-back Omar Richards in January.
Hammers fans were pleading with David Moyes to bring a new left-back to the London Stadium during the summer transfer window.
But our new system has eradicated the need for the Scot to sign a left-sided defender. For the time being at least.
Arthur Masuaku is excelling in the left wing-back role whilst Aaron Cresswell has impressed as the left-sided centre-back.
We do still lack any kind of strength in depth, however. Should Masuaku suffer an injury, the West Ham boss would have to rely on Ben Johnson, or worse still, revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Cresswell back at left-back.
And the Reading Chronicle claims that the Hammers could look to address that issue by signing Reading left-back Omar Richards in January.
It is claimed that West Ham have enquired about the 22-year-old, whose contract is set to expire next summer.
Richards made 28 Championship appearances for the Royals last season. In those outings, the 22-year-old averaged 2.5 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.6 clearances per game (Who Scored).
He is athletic, quick and could be the ideal January signing, given his potential and undoubted talent.
And if West Ham can pick Richards up for a bargain fee in January, it kind of seems like a no-brainer for us.