West Ham have laid the groundwork to sign Josh King from Bournemouth in January after failing to land him in the main summer window.
The Hammers were the closest of the Norway international’s suitors to sealing a deal but had multiple bids rising to £14million rejected by the Cherries.
That was a disappointment to David Moyes, who spearheaded his club’s pursuit of a player he rates highly and had a number of personal conversations with him about the move.
Nevertheless, a recruitment source has told Football Insider that West Ham believe they have laid the foundations to sign King in January.
By that point, his asking price will have significantly tumbled – likely below £10m as he will have entered the final six months of his contract.
The player revealed while on international duty earlier this week he has an “agreement” with Bournemouth that he can leave.