Slaven Bilic is considering a move for Besiktas left-winger Kerim Frei, according to MirrorSport.
The 22-year-old played under Bilic in Turkey with the Super Lig giants and was largely impressive there since arriving from Fulham in 2013.
Frei, who is valued at £4.25m by Transfermarkt.com, had broken in to the Cottagers’ first team at the age of 17 in 2011 before moving to Turkey two years later, but he is now struggling for first-team opportunities.
Bilic is reportedly looking in to the possibility of bringing the Turkey international back to London in January as he considers strengthening his squad in order to navigate a climb up the Premier League table.
Online bookies with best casino bonuses don’t appear to be taking bets on Frei signing for the club in January yet.
Bilic strengthened heavily on the right-hand side of his attack during the summer, with both Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore arriving to deputise Michail Antonio in a right-wing capacity.
But on the left there is only really Dimitri Payet who is first choice and, with the France midfielder far more effective in a free-role, technically as a No.10, it makes sense to bring in another left-winger.
Andre Ayew is also a left winger by trade, but his long-term injury has left the club notably short in that area.
However, it would also make sense to look elsewhere in the team for reinforcements first.
The squad has been crippled with injuries to defensive players this season and you would hope Bilic has a right-back as his priority in January.
Sam Byram is sidelined with a long-term injury, Alvaro Arbeloa’s age (33) means he’s no spring chicken anymore and we all know Antonio must never play there ever again.
Kerim Frei, though, might also be an interesting option.
He is also capable of playing as a No.10 and on the right-wing, which would further add to our attacking strength in depth.
However, there will understadably be doubts about Frei’s ability to perform in the Premier League after a number of years in Turkey.
Bilic brought former Chelsea youngster Tore to the club in the summer after a string of impressive performances for him at Besiktas, but the winger has failed to impress since joining on loan and is already facing calls from fans to return to Turkey in January.
Either way, Bilic needs to get his January business right if the club are to successfully achieve its ambitions of moving on the next level at London Stadium.