West Ham are negotiating a deal for German youth international striker Savio Nsereko, according to his agent.
The arrival of the 19-year-old from Brescia would be welcomed by Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola as he looks to keep hold of his key players, while simultaneously adding to his ranks.
The Hammers are looking to bolster their squad after Craig Bellamy sealed his switch to Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.
Carlton Cole has also attracted interest from Tottenham after scoring five goals in his last five games for the Upton Park club.
Nsereko's Italian-based agent, Patrick Bastianelli, has revealed that West Ham are poised to capture the striker after Roma pulled out of the race to sign him.
"At the moment West Ham are in pole position," Bastianelli told romanews.eu. "The situation could be unlocked next week.
"Roma were following him, but in the January market many teams - including Roma - are not entering into transactions."