West Ham have been mentioned as one of the clubs potentially hoping to sign Yacine Brahimi in a cut-price deal.
According to a recent report from Portuguese newspaper Record via Sport Witness, Lazio, Besiktas, Marseille and Lyon are all keen on taking Brahimi from FC Porto.
And West Ham are also in the hunt for the Algeria international, whose price tag has dropped significantly.
West Ham’s summer pursuit
Brahimi was a summer target for the Hammers. As part of Manuel Pellegrini’s revamping project this summer, he wanted to bring in Brahimi to bolster the attack.
Sport Witness claim FC Porto wanted €30m but the Hammers offered €20m.
West Ham looked at other options instead, bringing in Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko in big money moves.
Should West Ham reignite interest in Brahimi?
With Yarmolenko set to miss the whole season, West Ham are short of options out wide.
If Michail Antonio is sold in January, there might be space for Brahimi to come into the squad and compete with Anderson and Grady Diangana.
The 28-year-old is no longer a young player but his experience in France, Spain, Portugal and European competitions makes him a useful addition.
And with Lazio reportedly set to offer between €5m and €6m in January, it could be worth a risk for the Hammers.
With Brahimi’s contract up at the end of the season, Porto are open to letting him leave.
If West Ham can secure his services for a low fee, he could be the short-term answer with Yarmolenko out injured.
Considering the lowered asking price and the injury problems at West Ham, this is a gamble that West Ham can afford to take.