Steve Bruce will be keen for January to come so that he can put his own stamp on his Aston Villa side.
The former Birmingham and Hull boss inherited a downbeat squad from Roberto di Matteo who were lacking in confidence.
This has been restored to a degree but Bruce will still be itching to get his own players in so that he can really turn things around at Villa Park and transform his Villa side from bottom half floaters to genuine promotion candidates.
January is an intriguing window because it gives fringe players the opportunity to find themselves a club where they will get more game time or make more of an impact than they are currently doing.
West Ham is one such club that might be willing to offload peripheral squad members either on loan or permanently for the right price.
Here are TWO Hammers that Steve Bruce could look to sign in January.