Director of Football Mario Husillos is reported keen to bring in long time target Gary Medel to the club this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini is determined to sign a player who can cover for Declan Rice and knows that it will prove very difficult to offer regular football to a rising youngster.
As the regular No 1 in the defensive midfield position Declan is set to play whenever he is fit which reduces the options on players who would be ready to join under those circumstances.
But Medel is keen to leave Besiktas for the Premier League this summer and was a target for the manager in the winter window.
The 31 year old Chilean is well known to the Hammers boss and we understand that with a year left on his deal he could be available for as little as £4 million.
A Hammers insider told us on the phone: “There are other options but Medel remains a possibility for us.”