West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is hoping to convince Chelsea to send promising young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Upon Park on a loan deal.
The 20-year-old is currently plying his trade at Atletico Madrid for a second successive season-long loan and is catching the eye with a number of impressive performances for the Spanish club.
Courtois was given the unenviable task of replacing David de Gea at Atletico but has quickly become a firm fan favourite after helping the club win the Europa League last season.
The Belgian keeper has continued to impress after one again being sent to the Spanish capital and has helped Atletico make a superb start to the season in which they currently sit second, level on points with Barcelona.
The Daily Mail has reported that West Ham are interested in offering Chelsea the chance to see how Courtois would cope in the Premier League by making an offer for him to join on-loan.
Allardyce is currently relying on 37-year-old Jussi Jasskelainen and he is keen to find a younger replacement for the aging Icelandic stopper.
Chelsea certainly do not want to sell the talented young Belgian goalkeeper, however, they may well be interested to see how he copes with the demand of English top-flight football.
It is unlikely that he would be able to threaten the Chelsea first team for some time, with current number one Petr Cech only 30-years-old and consistently performing at the highest level.
Meanwhile, the club have also been linked with Dinamo Zagreb striker Andrej Kramaric who is currently playing on loan at Lokomotiva.
The 21-year-old has already scored 14 league goals this season and could provide West Ham with some additional firepower should Dinamo be prepared to sell.
The Hammers do have Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll but there is a concern that Liverpool could choose to recall the striker from his loan deal in January.