According to a report from Spanish outlet Defensa Central, West Ham, have made an enquiry for Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz.
Hammers boss David Moyes will be keen to bolster his attacking ranks in January.
And perhaps Mariano Diaz would be a decent option for us.
The 27-year-old rejoined Madrid from Lyon in the summer of 2018 for around €33 million (£29.6 million), according to BBC Sport.
Mariano has struggled during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, however. The Dominican Republic international has scored just five goals in 27 games since his return to the Spanish capital (Transfermarkt).
And his future looks bleak under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Mariano is a decent finisher, however. He racked up 21 goals in 45 games for Lyon during the 2017/18 campaign, and that kind of goals-to-games ratio would make a massive difference for West Ham from January to May.
Perhaps the Madrid hitman just needs to move away from the Bernabeu in order to reignite his career.
Defensa Central claimed that West Ham have already contacted Madrid about taking the 27-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season. It is suggested that the Los Blancos ace is one of David Moyes’s top priority January signings.
The Spanish publication claims that Moyes sees Mariano as the perfect fit for his current set up at the London Stadium, and the player himself would be keen to join the east London outfit.
The 27-year-old obviously doesn’t have any experience of playing in the Premier League. So that is a clear red flag. A loan deal for the Dominican would reduce the risk involved in signing him massively, however. He is a Champions League winner as well.
The Hammers lack a certain kind of winning mentality and the Madrid ace could help out massively with that.
Mariano would be a smart addition for West Ham in January. Only time will tell whether the Hammers board are prepared to make it happen, however.