According to The Sun, West Ham are interested in signing Man United right-back Antonio Valencia at the end of the season when his contract expires.
The Ecuador international has played over 300 games for The Red Devils, but it looks as though his time may be coming to an end.
However, while this may seem like a good addition, West Ham do not want to pollute their team with ageing players, and subsequently take a huge chunk out of their wage bill.
The Hammers already have Pablo Zabaleta at right-back, and while the Argentinian will be 34 come this summer, so will Valencia. If this was an option to replace Zabaleta, they would only be exchanging him with a man that is six months younger.
Of course, with an injury to Ryan Fredericks and a busy schedule, West Ham have looked pushed at times this season, as they do not want to overload the former Man City right-back. However, if they want to remedy this problem, they need to look at recruiting younger players.
If the club want to have any longevity and a legacy, they need young players that will be mainstays at the London Stadium. It is unclear how much time Zabaleta and Valencia have in their careers, but this seems to be a like for like replacement.
Although their playing styles may differ, it is the age that it most crucial in this circumstance, and it just makes Valencia seem like a waste.