With just over a week until the transfer window slams shut, West Ham are expected to be busy in the transfer market over the coming days.
Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho is dominating talk in east London at present, while there will also be one or two outgoings at the London Stadium.
The club have enjoyed a successful transfer window so far following the arrivals of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, yet they have suffered two successive defeats in the league.
Slaven Bilic was busy in the final week of transfer market last year and, once again, that looks like it will be the case this time around.
Here we take a look at the best and worst case scenarios for the club over the next week.
Best case scenario
The best case scenario for the Hammers would see them finally complete the signing of Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon.
The Portuguese international, who has reportedly agreed a five-year contract with the club, is set on moving to the capital, although a fee is the only thing holding up the transfer at present.
Given that the Primeira Liga side want as close to £40million as possible for their prized asset, it looks like the clubs will have to compromise on a fee.
Carvalho, who would help strengthen the team’s midfield, would be an exceptional signing for the Hammers and Bilic will have his fingers crossed that the club can seal a deal.
As well as incomings in east London, there will be movement going out of the club over the next week.
Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho are two players that have been linked with a move away from the club, yet Bilic will be doing all he can to keep them in the capital.
Following the news that Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona will not be going through, the club’s supporters will be very pleased as that means Liverpool won’t be launching a move for Lanzini.
Reports emerging from France also suggest that Lazio and Bordeaux are interested in a potential move for Sakho before the transfer deadline.
The Senegalese striker, who has only come back from a nightmare spell on the sidelines, has featured in both of the club’s two opening Premier League games.
Sakho is definitely part of Bilic’s plan and the club need to make sure they keep hold of the forward.
While the club will be doing all they can to keep Sakho, Robert Snodgrass is one player that definitely looks like he will be departing the club.
Bilic confirmed last week that the Scotland international is deemed surplus to requirements and that he is free to find another team.
Sunderland and Aston Villa have been heavily linked with the player, while a number of Premier League and Championship teams are said to be keeping tabs on the winger.
Having Carvalho, Lanzini and Sakho in a claret and blue shirt come the start of September, as well as Snodgrass moving on, would be the best case scenario for the club.
Worst case scenario
The worst case scenario for the Hammers is that they are unable to complete a deal for Carvalho.
Although the move is believed to be edging closer, there is a risk that the transfer could potentially drag on into the closing stages of the window.
The Euro 2016 winner would be a major coup for the club and David Gold and David Sullivan need to ensure it gets over the line.
The Hammers can’t afford to miss out on Carvalho, particularly given it is well-documented how many big-name players they missed out on last campaign.
The danger for the club is they will dip into the loan market for a player if Carvalho doesn’t sign.
After missing out on some big players one year ago, Gokhan Tore, Jonathan Calleri and Simone Zaza all sealed loan moves to east London.
Everyone knows how well those players did for the Hammers…
As well as potentially losing out on Carvalho, West Ham fans will be praying that the club don’t finish the window with their current squad.
While the Hammers have done extremely well in the transfer window, it’s evident that the club still need a couple of additions here and there.
It’s going to be an interesting week coming up at the London Stadium.