Newly appointed West Ham manager David Moyes wishes to make Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk his first signing.
The Hammers sit third from bottom, having conceded the most goals in the league, following the drubbing at the hands of Liverpool before the international break.
With January signing Jose Fonte out indefinitely, David Moyes will want to shore up the defence in an effort to lift his side out of the relegation zone.
The Daily Mirror report the former Everton manager has identified Brighton's Lewis Dunk as an ideal solution to such an issue.
However, the Seagulls would require a 'huge fee' to lose their key defender, who signed a five-year extension in the summer. The 25-year-old has played every single minute of Premier League football this season,
Dunk helped Brighton reach the top-flight for the first time in 34 years and has been just as important in trying to keep the club afloat ever since.
Alongside Irish international Shane Duffy, Brighton have conceded less than half that of West Ham, and indeed comfortably defeated the London side at the Olympic Stadium in November.
Prior to the international break, Dunk was tipped for a first-ever call-up to the England national team, but such a prospect never materialised.
David Moyes' first game in charge shall be against ninth-placed Watford who are also in poor form, having lost their last three matches.