In a desperate plea to save their season, West Ham have reportedly sent letters to a number of the Premier League’s top clubs, enquiring about their fringe players in order to add to their squad.
In particular, a striker has been at the top of West Ham’s wish list, with questions asked over the availability of Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United have all received letters asking if any of their full-backs, central defenders or strikers will be sent out on loan in January
The likes of Chris Smalling, Branislav Ivanovic, Mamadou Sakho, Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson have also interested the Hammers.
Jenkinson previously spent two seasons on loan at West Ham from Arsenal, making 52 appearances in the Premier League. He is also being pursued by Swansea City, Hull and Aston Villa
The Hammers realise it is unlikely they will be able to bring in any of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United trio of Rashford, Martial or Smalling, but are enquiring nonetheless.
Even though Kevin Wimmer can play at centre-back and full-back and is not playing much at Spurs, the East Londoners are reluctant to do business with their fiercest rivals after Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy blocked West Ham’s attempts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor two seasons ago.
Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Southampton are said to be monitoring Wimmer’s situation at White Hart Lane.
West Ham have had a very disappointing start to the 2015/16 campaign, losing eight of their first 17 games and are targeting reinforcements to reignite last season’s momentum when they finished seventh with Dmitri Payet in scintillating form.