West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is eyeing significant reinforcements to the side he inherited at the London Stadium, where midfield is a key area.

The Hammers have been linked with a number of names from across European football as they search to improve their depth in the middle of the field, with the need for recruits increased following the injury sustained by Manuel Lanzini on international duty.

Reports have emerged to get West Ham fans excited, stating they’re in the running to land Brazil ace Rafinha from Barcelona, but the Hammers face a stern challenge in the market.

Spanish outlet Sport state Tottenham Hotspur have identified the midfielder, who spent last year on-loan with Inter Milan, as a prime target for the summer as they seek to bring success to White Hart Lane.

Spurs, alongside Inter, can both offer the 25-year-old Champions League football and will find it easier to finance a deal, with Barcelona said to be eyeing £31m for his services.