West Ham fans in the Football Transfer Tavern would order a slice of humble pie if possible, having watched their team undergo quite the transformation under Sam Allardyce.
This time 12 months ago, the Hammers were struggling towards the foot of the table, with supporters unhappy at the direct style of football that the Hammers boss has continued to tell anyone who will listen – is not a fair criticism of his management style.
But after a summer where Allardyce was reportedly told to change his teams playing style, West Ham look an entirely different proposition.
The signings of Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia to name just a few have really hit the ground running, and along with Southampton, West Ham are the early contenders for surprise package of the season.
Sam Allardyce has guided his team to fourth place in the Premier League, and if the sort of form they have shown so far can be sustained until January, the West Ham owners may even back him further in the transfer market.
A fair few players have been linked with a January move to Upton Park – a few of which we feel are a little far fetched.
Here, we have gone through the rumours and have identified five moves we simply can’t see happening this winter.