West Ham have endured a tricky few weeks, with a 5-0 defeat at home to Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend succeeded by star man Dimitri Payet telling the club that he wants to leave.

The news of the French international’s decision was made clear by manager Slaven Bilic in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference on Thursday, in which the Hammers boss was visibly frustrated and angry with the 29-year-old.

Payet came off the bench in their 5-0 thumping by Pep Guardiola’s City last weekend, West Ham’s third successive defeat in all competitions, but he certainly won’t be anywhere near the match-day squad for the visit of Sam Allardyce’s Palace on Saturday.

The Hammers picked up three successive Premier League victories over the Christmas period to move away from the bottom three, but defeats to Leicester and Manchester United has seen them fall to 13th place in the table, albeit still seven points clear of danger.

Nonetheless, Bilic will certainly want to improve his squad in this month’s transfer window to completely dispel any relegation fears, so here are TWO midfielders that would be perfect for West Ham in January…

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