Noel Whelan suggests that many West Ham supporters will be shattered to hear their side are interested in signing Belgian international Marouane Fellaini this month.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker and current broadcast pundit says he is not convinced the 32-year-old is the sort of signing the Irons need.

Sky Sports have reported that Hammers boss David Moyes is keen on reuniting with the midfielder after their time at Everton and Manchester United together, Fellaini currently at Shandong Luneng.

Whelan says that while he understands why Moyes would want a player he knows after taking charge at the London Stadium, he does not believe Fellaini is the answer and believes supporters will agree.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Well, look, it doesn’t surprise me that Moyes is going for players that he can trust, they’ve been with each other before and they have that relationship.

“Where does he fit in to that West Ham side? I’m not sure. He’s at a different age now, he’s not going to be getting up and down, box to box, he’ll be more of the defensive side, starting the play off.

“West Ham have got an abundance of quality in those central areas, I just wonder where he’s going to fit into that side. Going for a Plan B I guess but I’m not sure that’s the right signing. 

“I’m sure West Ham fans would want to see someone a little bit more mobile, but he does bring you certain aspects of height, physicality and experience. He’d be a short term deal.” 

Fellaini has 260 games of Premier League experience under his belt after his spells at Goodison Park and Old Trafford, as well as 87 caps to his name.

In other West Ham news, Football Insider can reveal that an attacking talent is pleading to leave the club this month.