West Ham were recently hit with the news that Andriy Yarmolenko is out for a long period of time.

The Ukrainian has snapped an Achilles tendon and he will be out for six months after undergoing surgery.

Yarmolenko is the latest Hammer to be consigned to the injury room. He joins the likes of Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez and Manuel Lanzini on the sidelines.

With so many injuries, West Ham need to use the January transfer window wisely. And one latest rumour has some fans intrigued.

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Allan Saint-Maximin plays for Ligue 1 side Nice. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

According to the print edition of The Sun on Sunday, via HITC Sport, Allan Saint-Maximin is a West Ham target.

Cardiff City are also in the hunt for the 21-year-old, who currently plays for Nice in Ligue 1.

Saint-Maximin would cost the Hammers £12m to land in the January transfer window.

Injury crisis

Against Leicester City, West Ham were missing Yarmolenko, Carroll, Lucas Perez, Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic.

That is five quite key attacking players missing out. West Ham need another player to add depth to their current options.

 

Who is Saint-Maximin?

Allan Saint-Maximin knows West Ham’s Issa Diop from France’s youth teams. (ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Saint-Maximin is a speedy winger who is widely regarded as one of the brightest young French talents around.

So far in his career, the diminutive winger has played for Saint-Etienne, Monaco, Hannover 96 and Bastia.

In summer 2017, he moved to Nice and provided seven assists in his debut season with his new club.

This term, he has added goals to his game. Saint-Maximin already has two goals to his name, as well as one assist.

The France under-21 international knows West Ham star Issa Diop well, having played together at various youth levels for their country.

The Verdict

Admittedly, signing Saint-Maximin would represent a risk. The lively wide man has never played in England and he would face an uphill task of immediately adapting to a new league and making an impact.

But given the current injury situation, West Ham need to take a risk.

And if Saint-Maximin fulfils his potential, West Ham would have a top young talent for just £12m.

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