West Ham have joined the race to sign Racing Santander's highly-rated duo Ruben Gonzalez and Ezequiel Garay.
The duo have both played a major role in Racing's success this season as they currently sit eighth in La Liga.
The Hammers dispatched a scout to El Sardinero at the weekend to watch Racing's clash with Deportivo La Coruna and Spanish sources say Garay (pictured) and Ruben were the reason behind the visit.
West Ham are currently embroiled in a relegation battle, but should they avoid the drop - they obviously do not want to be caught unprepared and are looking at potential Premiership signings - though they are not the first English side to have taken a keen interest in the duo.
Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Bolton have all watched the pair in recent months.
A Racing spokesman told skysports.com that they were aware of a number of Premiership sides looking at their prized duo.
"It is certain that many scouts from the Premier League have been watching our games this year," he said.
"But as of today we have not received any offer for the players."
Both Ruben and Garay, who have long-term deals at the club, have told the Spanish press they are 'aware' of the rumours but have not spoken with the club about them.