West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz on loan, according to the Daily Mail.

Diaz joined Real Madrid from Lyon two years ago. However, manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly willing to allow the attacker to leave on a temporary basis in the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old has missed the majority of this season through tonsillitis, and has played just 14 minutes this season. The illness saw the forward lose 8kg in weight as he was unable to eat solid food. Eventually, Diaz had to undergo an operation, the Mail reports.

Having featured only seven times last season too, Zidane is ready to let Diaz leave. West Ham are one of those options on his list.

Mariano Diaz of Real Madrid celebrates with Marcelo and Marco Asensio (right) after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League game against AS Roma on September 19, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Hammers boss David Moyes is eager to strengthen his squad with the club sitting 12th in the Premier League.

Roller-coaster start to campaign

It has been another inconsistent start to the campaign for West Ham. The Irons have won three, lost three and drawn two of their eight matches.

However, they have more than held their own against some of the competition’s top sides. They have picked up back-to-back draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

 

Those well-earned points came after stunning 4-0 and 3-0 victories against Wolves and Leicester respectively.

Hammers preparing for busy window

As well as Diaz, Moyes is also looking to improve his side at the back. He could turn to German left-back Kai Wagner and Danish centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen, according to the Daily Mail.

Wagner is plying his trade with Philadelphia Union in the MLS, having had spells with Augsburg and Schalke in Germany.

But the Hammers face a battle for his signature, with top-flight rivals Fulham also keen on securing the 23-year-old’s services.

Ibsen, meanwhile, is nearing a move to the London Stadium. He could join the east London outfit from Danish first division side Silkeborg IF.

However, the Denmark under-21 international is also attracting interest from Leeds and Russian club FC Rostov.

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