By Noel Whelan

13th Dec, 2020 | 10:00am

Pundit Exclusive: West Ham January action tipped after devastating injury news

Noel Whelan has claimed West Ham could enter the January transfer market to sign a left wing-back after Arthur Masuaku was ruled out long-term following knee surgery.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League striker also suggested the David Moyes could call on an academy player to fill the void left by the 27-year-old.

Masuaku announced this week on Instagram, in a post that he quickly deleted, he had undergone surgery on his knee after having an issue for two years.

The DR Congo international had been instrumental in West Ham’s recent performances after David Moyes switched to a 3-4-3 formation.

The Scotsman switched back to a defensive four in their 2-1 win over Leeds United on Friday night with Masuaku ruled out.

But Whelan has claimed he could still dip into the transfer market to provide extra cover.

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He told Football Insider“Do you delve into the transfer market? Have you got anybody coming in through your academy system who can deputise in that position?

“David Moyes knows now and he has to deal with it. Whether that’s utilising somebody else in that position and move people around. Or he can go to the academy, which is why it’s there if there’s anybody good enough. Or he can go to the market in January.

“He’s got enough time to decide what direction he’s going to take.”

Masuaku has started 10 of West Ham’s 12 Premier League games this term, the same amount of league games he started last season.

Since his arrival in east London in 2016, he has played 104 times for the Hammers across all competitions.

In other West Ham news, a top pundit has claimed the club could make a contract U-turn after Antonio reveal.