The Irons are this morning reported to be trailing Barcelona right back Moussa Wague with Jeremy Ngakia looking virtually certain to leave the club.
However, the story being run in the Daily Star is again looking like one of those linked to a past passing interest rather than a realistic assessment of where David Moyes is in his thinking.
Ngakia was described to us this morning as looking 90 per cent certain to leave the club at the end of June whilst at the same time being revealed as having been likely to remain in the team when the season resumes.
That would have put him ahead of Ryan Fredericks who has recovered from injury, which is an indication of how highly the 19 year old had become rated.
The club are continuing to talk with him and his representatives but sadly unless he performs an extraordinary U-turn the chances of him remaining at the Hammers is remote.
In the meantime the Daily Star reports that “Moyes first inquired about Senegal international Wague in January” but he moved on loan to French club Nice instead.
They claim that Barca are understood to be open to sending him back out on loan or doing a permanent deal if the right price can be negotiated.