West Ham were arguably the surprise package of the Premier League last term, with their sixth-placed finish defying expectations for many.
The key now for David Moyes’ men, however, is to consolidate their position in the upper echelons of the table, and the current transfer window could be hugely important in their efforts to do so.
But just because they are now rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest clubs in the country, it doesn’t mean that the Irons aren’t still committed to good value for money, and one fresh report from the continent suggests that they could be lining up a bargain swoop.
The player concerned is a 25-year-old full international plying his trade in Serie A, but if rumours are to be believed, he could cost the Hammers just £8.6 million in the coming weeks.
We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League transfer speculation below...
5. Murphy set for new deal
Jacob Murphy is set to put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Newcastle United amid interest from Leeds United and Rangers. (Daily Mail) (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Photo: Marc Atkins
6. Carson on verge of City switch
Manchester City are set to snap up Scott Carson on a free transfer after the goalkeeper was released by Derby County. The veteran goalkeeper has spent the last two years on loan at the Etihad from the Rams. (Manchester Evening News) (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)
7. City favourites for Phillips
Manchester City are currently the bookies' favourites to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips this summer. (SkyBet) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Photo: Stu Forster
8. Thorsby available on the cheap
West Ham can sign Sampdoria ace Morten Thorsby for just £8.6 million this summer. (Calciomercato) (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
Photo: Alessandro Sabattini