Charlton Athletic’s technically gifted youngster Diego Poyet would not only provide a much-welcomed deviation from West Ham’s style, but is also available for remarkably cheap this summer.
The son of Gus has just come to the end of an impressive breakthrough campaign at the Valley, picking up the Young Player of the Year award despite only making his Championship debut in February.
Indeed, the 19 year-old is still raw and unlikely to command an instant place in the Hammers first team, but his elegance in possession and natural reading of the game gives the anchoring playmaker the aura of a future star.
Averages of 4.3 tackles, 2.5 interceptions and 49 passes per match – the most of any player on the Addicks roster – suggest great promise too.
Furthermore, the Pirlo-esque midfielder is yet to renew his expiring contract in South East London, meaning the Irons can snap him up in a compensation deal this summer worth around £500k.