West Ham have reportedly made a move to sign Sunderland attacker Jack Clarke, seeing him as a strong option to bring in.
The Hammers could be looking to conduct some important business during the January transfer window, giving the best chance of a European push later in the season.
David Moyes has built a squad full of top-quality attacking options, with Lucas Paqueta a class act in the middle of the park, and the likes of Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen undisputed key men who have made such a big impact this season.
One individual who has been linked with a move to West Ham is Clarke, who has emerged as one of his side’s most important players in recent times, having joined from Tottenham in 2022.
There is plenty of interest in Clarke, however, with Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Brentford also believed to be in the mix to snap him up, so it may not be easy for the east Londoners to get their man.
The winger could be an interesting option for West Ham this month, and while some may turn their noses up at the move because he is unproven in the Premier League, he is a young player who should only improve as he matures.
Clarke still has 41 goal contributions (23 goals and 18 assists) in 114 Championship appearances, showing that he can cut it in a tough league at a young age, and he could represent a great squad option at the London Stadium, giving Moyes the extra depth that he may crave.
This season, the Englishman has scored 12 goals and assisted twice in 26 league appearances for Sunderland, not to mention being handed an eye-catching eight Man of the Match awards by WhoScored.
Whether the Black Cats are willing to sell now is up for debate, though, given Clarke’s influence at the Stadium of Light, but he would be a long-term addition who could end up being an inspired purchase in the near future.