According to Football Insider, West Ham want to sign Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama in January.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to deal with the Hammers, however, and will allegedly block the Kenyan from moving to east London.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are interested in signing £50 million-rated West Ham centre-back Issa Diop, according to the Daily Mail.
And with that in mind, could Spurs chief Levy now be persuaded to sell Wanyama to the Hammers?
Obviously West Ham would have to sell Diop, 22, to Tottenham in order to improve the relationship between the two sides first. But it must be remembered that £50 million for the Frenchman would be outstanding business for the east London club. Especially considering they paid just £22 million for his services 18 months ago (BBC Sport).
The Hammers would obviously have to reinvest the money in a top class centre-back. But if they did sell Diop to Spurs, Levy could surely be convinced to send Wanyama the other way.
The 52-capped Kenya international is everything West Ham need in the middle of the park.
The 28-year-old is strong, powerful, dynamic and tenacious in the tackle. He would add a real level of solidarity to the Hammers’ setup.
Wanyama would also be hungry to prove that he still has what it takes to be a top-class Premier League player.
The Tottenham man earns £65,000 per week, according to Spotrac. So the Kenyan’s wages shouldn’t be a problem for West Ham.
And if the Hammers do end up selling Diop, the arrival of Wanyama would certainly help soften the blow of losing the Frenchman.