This season has been a remarkable one for West Ham given they were nearly relegated last term.
David Moyes has turned their fortunes around in some style and following their victory over Burnley, they now sit ninth in the Premier League table.
Sebastien Haller has exited and all of a sudden, it looks as though the Irons are getting their affairs in order.
Moyes admitted last week that his side have submitted bids for a plethora of players but had seen those offers knocked back. It’s not the most ideal of starts to the January window, but fortunately, they still have plenty of time left.
One player who has been linked with a switch to the London Stadium is Christian Eriksen. Italian outlet Bergamo.Corriere claims that both Tottenham and Ajax are aiming to re-sign their former player. However, only West Ham have registered a formal offer to sign him.
If they do bring him back to England, they could finally replace the effervescent qualities of Dimitri Payet.
The Frenchman was nothing short of a gem in east London, crashing in goals from long range and from dead ball situations on a regular basis.
In total, Payet scored 15 goals and registered 23 assists for the Irons, putting in some magical displays.
Since he departed for Marseille, West Ham have tried to replace him with a number of players, albeit unsuccessfully. Felipe Anderson arrived, but is now on loan at Porto, while Pablo Fornals has just four Premier League goals in one and a half seasons.
Though, with the addition of Eriksen, they could finally replace Payet’s influence on the West Ham squad.
Like the Frenchman, the former Spurs man is a dynamo when given the space to thrive, previously described as someone who can “destroy” teams by Jamie Redknapp.
Similarly to Payet, the Denmark international is capable of creating something out of nothing, picking the lock of opposition defences and scoring long-range strikes at will.
For instance, as of January 2019, no player had scored more goals from outside the box in the Premier League (19) since his top-flight debut than Eriksen.
He is a virtuoso midfielder and like Payet, he isn’t afraid to shoot from distance. During his Premier League career to date, he has 51 goals and 66 assists. Crucially, he has experience of English football too.
With that in mind, Eriksen – who cost Inter £16.9m – would surely be better suited to replacing Payet than some of those already on West Ham’s books as none of them have quite been able to fill the void left by the Frenchman.