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6th Dec, 2016 | 10:50am

West Ham could finish in top half if they signed one of these available aces on January loan

By Emma Sanders

West Ham are 17th in the Premier League and are in need of some new players next month to avoid a relegation battle.

Football Insider selects three top players the Hammers could look to sign after they lost their first-team places at their respective clubs and might be available on a January loan move.

Memphis Depay

The Manchester United forward has not really hit the heights since making the £25 million switch from PSV Eindhoven last summer and he has struggled to get many opportunities under Jose Mourinho. He has been linked with a loan move to a number of clubs, including Everton but given the Hammers’ injury crisis up front, Depay would be a great addition to bring in some attacking threat.

Daniel Sturridge

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What better way to replace the injured Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho by bringing in one of the Premier League’s best strikers? It seems Sturridge’s injury set-backs have taken their toll on his Liverpool career and he has made just four league starts under Jurgen Klopp this season. The club may be reluctant to sell this star striker but a loan move could help him find his feet again and Sturridge may like the idea of returning to London for a brief spell.

Cesc Fabregas

Antonio Conte made it clear that Fabregas wouldn’t play a key role in his plans at Chelsea and so far the midfielder has made just two league starts this season. He has been linked with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge and West Ham are among those who have reportedly shown an interest. He has bags of experience and his quality, alongside Dimitri Payet would be sure to create more goal-scoring opportunities for the Hammers.

If West Ham were able to secure a loan deal for one of the trio, they could fly up the league and even finish in the top ten.

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