Manuel Pellegrini is increasingly attracted by the possibility of recalling West Ham loanee Grady Diangana from West Brom in January, Football Insider understands.
The manager is able to exercise a mid-season recall clause in the season-long loan deal the Hammers agreed with the Championship high flyers on 8 August.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Pellegrini has been given “extensive” reports of the impressive progress Diangana has made during his three months at the Hawthorns.
The winger has taken the Championship by storm with a series of dazzling performances, with his 12 matches in the competition yielding four goals and three assists.
West Ham are able to trigger Diangana’s release clause in the first two weeks of the winter window, and Pellegrini is said by the source to regard him as a “genuine” January option given his side’s lack of firepower.
The Hammers have scored just 12 goals from their opening 10 Premier League matches despite the Chilean devising a system that provides his attacking players with freedom.
There have been only occasional glimpses of the potential of the likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and £24million summer signing Pablo Fornals.
Diangana has been playing predominantly on the left wing for West Brom, a position usually occupied by Anderson at West Ham.
The 21-year-old has grasped his loan opportunity impressively and looks capable of adding to the 21 appearances he has made for his parent club.