What with the January transfer window now in touching distance and key players out with injury, our man-in-the-know ExWHUemployee has provided an update on the behind the scenes at the club.

Injuries

Aaron Cresswell has a chipped bone in his back which is a lot worse than originally feared. Both the player and club are unable to put a specific time frame on his return.

Kurt Zouma, as previously reported by Ex, is ahead of schedule on his return. At this stage we could well see him back in action in February.

Lloyd Kelly

We are very much interested in the Bournemouth defender. However, the fact that the Cherries are chasing performance and he is their captain it is looking unlikely at this stage.

Also, like many of our targets, Newcastle are holding an interest. Their financial muscle is looking to prove problematic in our mission to improve on our squad.

Centre Backs

We hold a firm interest in Bayern Munich centre back Niklas Sule. At this stage it is likely we could make a bid.

German international and Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter is a player we are very keen on. There is expected to be a lot of competition for his signature.

A player we have held an interest for a long time now is Marseille and Croatian international defender Duje Ćaleta-Car. Once again though Newcastle are also looking at making a move.

Jesse Lingard

At this stage it’s looking more likely that Lingard will see out the remainder of his contract at Manchester United.

This could change though, as it seems to regularly from his camp, and we are still looking set to make a move for him early in the window.

Fulham players

We are very keen on Fulham and US international left back Antonee Robinson, and we are looking set to make a move in the summer.

Another Fulham player we are very keen on is centre back Tosin Adarabioyo.

Calum Marshall

We have agreed to sign 17 year old Linfield midfielder on a 3 year contract, which will be signed in January. The club are set to announce this officially.

Kenny Brown Jnr 

The former West Ham defender is set to return to the club as an Academy Coach, leaving his role at Millwall.

Departures

West Ham will listen to offers for Yarmolenko, Fredericks, Masuaku and Randolph.