Nicolas Gaitan could be on the verge of returning to Europe.
The Argentine winger has popped up on the radar for a trio of Premier League clubs, with West Ham, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United said to be interested in signing Gaitan to a two-year contract, according to Ed Aarons of the Guardian.
A move for the 31-year-old wouldn't require a transfer fee, as Gaitan's contract with Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire is set to expire in December.
Although he reportedly has an option in his contract to remain in the United States for another season, it's understood that Gaitan's eager to play in Europe again. He previously spent a season at Chinese side Dalian Yifang before joining the Fire in March.
It's understood that West Ham have already reached out to his representative, Matias Lipman, over the possibility of Gaitan moving to London Stadium in January, Aarons adds.
West Ham are reportedly targeting defensive reinforcements, but manager Manuel Pellegrini is also eager to sign more attacking players to help turn his team's season around. The struggling Hammers sit at 16th in the table ahead of Saturday's match against Tottenham, which will be Jose Mourinho's first game in charge after replacing Mauricio Pochettino.
Gaitan ended his first MLS season with four goals and 11 assists in 27 appearances for a Fire club that missed out on the playoffs.