West Ham have today been linked with making a shock move for Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer.
The Brentwood Gazette have claimed that the Hammers have eyed up the England international as an ideal marquee signing for their move to the Olympic Stadium next season.
‘The Ox’ joined the Gunners as a promising teenager from Southampton for £10m in the summer of 2011, but has failed to really secure a place in the first-team and is seen as more of a rotational option across the midfield.
The 22-year-old has 22 international caps for England and four goals to his name but has not been particularly prolific for Arsenal, scoring just 14 goals in 149 appearances for the club.
A £15m move has been touted, which would equal the club record the Hammers paid Liverpool to sign striker Andy Carroll.
Like Carroll, Oxlade-Chamberlain has often struggled with injuries, with an ineptitude to stay fit over the course of a season.
West Ham will say likely say goodbye to Victor Moses in the summer when he returns to Chelsea at the end of his loan spell, and would need to bring in a winger to replace him with ‘The Ox’ a more than fitting replacement.