West Ham are planning a beat-the-deadline move for Lazio defender Guglielmo Stendardo, skysports.com understands.
Stendardo's future at Lazio is uncertain with the central defender spending the second half of last season on loan at Juventus following a series of rows with coach Delio Rossi.
The 27-year-old is back at Lazio after Juve opted not to turn his loan move into a permanent deal.
A number of Italian sides have been linked with a move for the powerful defender, but now West Ham are ready to try and lure him to England.
The Hammers are in the market for a new defender, having sold Anton Ferdinand to Sunderland and they are exploring the option of bringing in Stendardo on loan.
West Ham will have to move quickly to land Stendardo on a season-long loan with the transfer window due to slam shut on midnight on Monday.