It’s probably fair to say that West Ham have not had the start to the season that they were hoping for. 

That disastrous run of form that started with the 4-0 loss to Oxford United in the Carabao Cup third round has left them languishing in 16th in the Premier League table, and even though they may have picked up a couple of wins in recent weeks, things are far from rosy in east London.

As such, a busy January is expected – some would argue even needed – to get the campaign back on track.

And one player who has been linked is Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez, as per Spanish outlet AS.

The report suggests that the Hammers are ready to meet the £25.6 million release clause written into his contract at the Basque club, although it’s important to recognise that the Irons’ fanbase is less convinced.

If, however, the board are genuinely planning such a splurge in the January window, then they could do a whole lot worse than Nunez/

The 22-year-old has won 2.5 aerial duels and made a colossal 5.7 clearances per game in La Liga so far this season, as per Whoscored, and his star is firmly on the rise.

It feels like a long shot, but this would be a great signing were it to happen.

Here are some of the best reactions from disbelieving West Ham fans…

In other news, Report – West Ham willing to take January loss on 2018 summer signing.

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