West Ham United are currently suffering an injury crisis amongst their backline, with six defenders currently sidelined, four of which are full-backs.
David Moyes will surely be looking to add reinforcements in January, and a move for Everton left-back Lucas Digne could prove a clever move.
The Mirror reported this week that there was a further breakdown in Benitez’s relationship with the left-back after the 28-year-old pulled out of the squad for Thursday’s game against Chelsea with sickness.
If the reports of a fall out are true and that Digne could therefore be forced out of the Merseyside club in January, certain Premier League clubs should be keeping tabs on the situation and West Ham are one of them.
With West Ham still competing in four competitions, Moyes is going to need to add depth to his squad if they are to juggle all four successfully, particularly the Premier League and Europa League.
Full-back is an area that has particularly suffered of late with Aaron Cresswell, Ben Johnson and Ryan Fredericks all injured whilst Vladimir Coufal faces suspension after being sent off against Arsenal.
In particular, left-back Cresswell has been at West Ham for six-and-a-half years and is now 32 years of age with no obvious long-term suitor to replace the Englishman.
Digne is 28 and possesses plenty of Premier League experience having been with the Toffees since 2018 when he joined from Barcelona, making him a suitable candidate to replace Cresswell for the long term, particularly if the Hammers are serious about making a push for European qualification every season.
Rated £31.5m by Transfermarkt, the left-back won’t come cheap but the West Ham hierarchy could take advantage of a difficult situation at Everton and swoop for the French defender.