West Ham United are already being linked with a host of January signings and reportedly want Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals.
Manuel Pellegrini is without a host of first team stars, many for the rest of the season.
Midfield trio Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez unlikely to feature again until the 2019/20 campaign.
Jack Wilshere has also suffered with his career-defining injury issues since joining from Arsenal.
West Ham willing to meet big buyout clause
As a result West Ham need reinforcements.
Reports claim Pellegrini is on the verge of signing out of contract playmaker Samir Nasri (BBC Sport).
And according to Spanish sports outlet Cadena Ser, Pellegrini also wants Villareal midfield ace Pablo Fornals.
West Ham are said to be willing to meet Fornal’s £26.5 million buyout clause.
Pellegrini would then have to work his charm to try and persuade the 22-year-old to join.
Player may need persuading
That’s because according to Cadena Ser, Fornals is currently reluctant to leave Pellegrini’s old club in the lurch to join his new one.
Villareal, who signed Fornals from another of Pellegrini’s old side’s Malaga, are struggling in La Liga down in 16th place.
The Yellow Submarine could be tempted to cash in on one of their most valuable assets.
Skilled technician loves to assist teammates
Fornals’ performances helped lead Villareal to a top five finish last season.
Cadena Ser claims the Hammers – and London rivals Fulham – are willing to trigger Fornals’ release clause.
The all-action midfielder has one cap for Spain and is a skilled technician who specialises in making chances for his teammates.