Freddie Sears is set to return to West Ham in January after being recalled from a loan spell at Crystal Palace.
The 20-year-old striker joined the Eagles on a season-long deal over the summer, but is set to see that agreement cut short.
The Hammers are currently struggling under the weight of a mounting injury crisis and need as many bodies on board as possible.
Gianfranco Zola has therefore opted to take up the option of bringing Sears back to Upton Park ahead of schedule.
The youngster will be available to Palace until the end of the calendar year, taking in fixtures against Ipswich and Swansea, before then returning to his parent club.
"West Ham have asked for him to go back in January," revealed Eagles boss Neil Warnock.
"They have one or two problems up front and he is their player at the end of the day.
"He'll be with us for the next two games but it's likely he'll go back after that."