West Ham boss Alan Pardew has admitted he is keeping tabs on Southend striker Freddy Eastwood.
Pardew is a big admirer of the free scoring forward and admits it "hurts" to know that West Ham released him just before he took charge at Upton Park.
Eastwood is regarded as one of the best players outside The Premiership and he showed his undoubted talent with the winner in Southend's famous Carling Cup win over Manchester United on Tuesday.
A number of clubs have expressed an interest in Eastwood, but Southend insist they have no plans to sell the player.
Pardew has hinted he could make a move to bring Eastwood back to Upton Park as he plans to keep an eye on his progress.
"I have sent many scouts to look at him and the reports come back to suggest that he has a very good chance," said Pardew.
"Of course he is an old boy of ours and that hurts as you do not want to let good people go.
"Sometimes players come on a little bit later. By his own admission, Freddy has nailed himself down more as a professional.
"We will keep watching and reviewing him."