With Guy Demel now 33 years of age, the Hammers are in desperate need of a youthful injection at right-back.
In my opinion, by far the best option open to the East London side this summer is Manchester City misfit Micah Richards, whom they were strongly linked with last month:
The 26 year-old contributed a vital six assists to the Citizens’ Premier League title in 2012 – the most of any top flight defender that season.
But a combination of injuries and the rise of Pablo Zabaleta has seen him make just seven league appearances in the two years since.
An impeccable athlete, boasting height, power, pace and strength, and also capable of playing at centre-back, as demonstrated below…
…the occasional England international would be perfect for West Ham’s attritional philosophy.
The Daily Mail claim that after rejecting a contract extension at the Eithad, Richards could be available for as little as £5million this summer, but recent speculation suggests Newcastle remain his likeliest suitors: