West Ham United transfer latest: Five midfielders Manuel Pellegrini could sign including Loftus-Cheek, Shelvey and Wanyama

Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to strengthen his West Ham United side as they continue their top half assault.

After losing the first four games of the Premier League season, Pellegrini has led the Hammers to tenth in the table.

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Pellegrini may look to invest heavily again this month

However, although December was a terrific month in terms of results, the performances have been somewhat lacking.

The midfield area in particular is massively stretched and the Chilean boss will surely be looking to bring in reinforcements this month.

With summer signings Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez picking up potentially season-ending injuries already this campaign, resources are limited.

It could be argued the engine room has been a problem area for the east Londoners ever since the combative Scott Parker left for rivals Spurs in 2011.

So, without further ado, here are five potential signings Pellegrini could make to strengthen his midfield in this month’s transfer window.

Victor Wanyama – Tottenham Hotspur

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Wanyama would provide steel and stamina to the midfield

The Kenyan enforcer has lost his place in the Tottenham midfield due to a torrid run of niggling injuries and looks set to leave.

However, on his day he is virtually unplayable. Strong, quick and with incredible reading of the game, Wanayam would be an excellent addition to the West Ham midfield.

However, his aforementioned injury record is woeful – he has started just one league game this season and missed much of the past two seasons.

Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle United

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The Londoner could be keen on a return home

Last year, chairman David Sullivan scoffed at suggestions the Hammers could be about to bring in Shelvey from Newcastle.

However, the midfielder continues to excel in the North-East and would surely be worth a punt as a squad member at the very least.

He is a Londoner at heart and, with Mike Ashley’s reluctance to spend, a transfer could suit both parties.

James McCarthy – Everton

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If fit, he could be a shrewd addition

Last season McCarthy was ruled out of action after a gruesome injury left him with a broken tibia and fibula and requiring surgery.

The 27-year-old is set for a return to action in the FA Cup this weekend and is hoping to recapture his best form.

Although this is a move which would have been welcomed last season, it is hard to see the Hammers board sanctioning a move for a player who has played such little football in the past 12 months.

Amadou Diawara – Napoli

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Inexperienced certainly, but has lots of potential for the future

The Guinean midfielder is slowly but surely establishing himself as one of the brightest prospects in Serie A with his performances for Napoli.

Carlo Ancelotti is using the 21-year-old sparingly so as to ease him into the rigours of senior football. However, it will not be long before he is demanding a regular starting berth.

West Ham have spent silly money on veteran players in previous windows, so buying for the future may well be the way forward.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea

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The promise of regular games could convince the Blues midfielder to cross the Thames

The England international’s incredible rise from the Chelsea reserves to the World Cup was one of the success stories of last season. However, his game time has been limited this time around.

On loan at Crystal Palace, Loftus-Cheek showed he had the technical ability and the physical prowess to cause problems for even the most experienced midfielders in the division.

With his international career stuttering somewhat, a move to a Premier League club safe from the clutches of relegation which could still offer him regular game time could well be the springboard he needs.

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