talkSPORT believe the Hammers are close to clinching the loan signing of Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld who of course was part of Diego Simeone’s La Liga title winning team last term.
The Belgium international has also been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham but the Hammers are eager to land the 25-year-old before their London rivals.
Alderweireld, 25, only joined the La Liga champions last summer, however he has struggled to become a first team regular in Spain.
West Ham have already signed seven players this summer, however the majority of those are attacking players after the former Newcastle United manager was told to entertain the Hammers fans this summer.
But Allardyce desperately needs some back-up for James Collins, Winston Reid and James Tomkins.
Collins has already picked up a suspension due to a sending off and Tomkins is struggling to shake off a niggling hamstring injury but Alderweireld could prove the answer.
West Ham fans. Picking up a 25-year-old international defender on loan could be a great piece of business, couldn’t it? Let us know your thoughts below.