Amid all the excitement and spending at West Ham United this summer, a nagging doubt remains for scarred fans.
Manuel Pellegrini has spent nearly £100 million so far this summer and has pledged to keep pushing to improve his new-look West Ham squad until the transfer window slams shut in just over a week.
West Ham have signed a goalkeeper, three defenders and three attacking players so far including record £40 million capture Felipe Anderson.
And supporters are particularly excited at the prospect of watching the new forward players combine under the tutelage of the attack-minded Pellegrini.
But concerns remain at the back after some shaky pre-season performances where the centre of defence has looked slow and ponderous.
Hammers fans are still scarred from last season where they somehow managed to stay up – and finish 13th – despite having the joint worst defensive record in the Premier League conceding a staggering 68 goals, the same as relegated Stoke City.
Injury-prone Winston Reid is out for three months while young Frenchman Issa Diop and fellow new signing Fabian Balbuena have both been found wanting in certain moments in games so far.
So should West Ham try and take advantage of the availability of Chelsea outcast Kurt Zouma to help shore things up.
Zouma may have been involved in Stoke’s relegation last season while on loan but he was one of the club’s standout performers in an otherwise forgettable season.
The French defender was valued at £40 million in the past but has been once again linked with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge this season, this time to Turkish side Fenerbache (Fanatik).
Young, powerful and now experienced in the Premier League, Zouma could be the ideal signing to help steady the ship at West Ham and could forge a potentially solid partnership with countryman Diop.
A loan with the option to buy could suit all parties down to the ground.