Having scored only 11 league goals this term, West Ham sure can do with a quality forward come January. Zaza and Calleri have failed to live up to the billing, and don’t look capable of delivering.
Though both Carroll and Ayew would be back in the fold by then, a quality addition would make some sense in the eventuality of an injury, and Fulham’s Sone Aluko fits the bill.
The 27-year-old who was released by Hull City upon regaining promotion back to the top-flight has become one of Fulham’s key players this term.
His performances saw him win the Championship player of the month for October, and the Tigers would be left ruing letting the former England youth international go.
Aluko has 3 goals, 4 assists and 13 key passes in 15 league appearances, and having excelled in a central attacking midfield role since his resurgence, a return to the top flight looks to be in offing.
West Ham needs such a quality and experienced playmaker.
The Hammers have conceded the 3rd most goals (20), and they need a centre defender to help them get it right at the back if they are to make anything out of this campaign.
Fulham and Czech republic defender Tomas Kalas has been in excellent form for the 8th placed Championship side this season and would come handy for the Hammers.
The 23-year-old who is on his 5th loan from Chelsea has averaged 8 defensive actions per game this season, won 6 tackles out of 10, 17 of his 23 aerial duels and completed 4 of his 6 attempted dribbles.
Many still argue Middlesbrough missed a trick by not extending his loan term or signing him permanently after earning the promotion and Kalas has continued to prove his worth by gradually becoming a mainstay in the Craven Cottage outfit’s defence.
He has a goal to his name in 10 Championship appearances, and apart from being able to get him cheap on perhaps a loan term for the rest of the season with the option of making it permanent, West Ham could do with his quality.