With rumours suggesting that former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham is set for a return to England, The Mirror is reporting that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is keen on luring the 37-year-old to Upton Park.
On the face of it this seems like a highly improbable move for Beckham - with clubs all over the world fighting for his signature, would brand Beckham really end up at the Boleyn Ground? Would his potential arrival even be of benefit to the Hammers?
Beckham would undoubtedly bring much needed experience to a somewhat youthful midfield that currently contains the likes of Mark Noble, Jack Collison and Matt Jarvis vying for first-team places. However, Beckham's lack of pace could make a large impact on his playing position, to the extent that he may play with greater success in a more defensive role than what he is known for, sitting in front of the back four.
As a defensive-midfielder, Beckham could easily play the ball out from the back to the more mobile midfielders ahead of him. His ability to play 'Hollywood' passes all over the pitch would benefit a team like West Ham who rely heavily on their aerial threat.
However, I have my doubts as to whether Beckham would suit the Hammers. His role at the club could harm the progress of Noble, with the latter sharing similar qualities not only in his set-piece taking, but also in his different ranges of passing.
With no real need for a playmaker or a goal-scoring midfielder at West Ham, with the likes of Kevin Nolan scoring goals for fun, Beckham may be better suited elsewhere at a club where he is guaranteed first-team football. At this stage of his career, Beckham is unlikely to move to a club where he will only be a bit-part player.
Despite my doubts, Beckham would no doubt be a great asset to any club that were willing to pay his colossal wages. As his playing career comes ever closer to an end, almost every player would relish the opportunity to gain experience and learn from the former England captain.