Despite West Ham manager Slaven Bilic played down the club’s interest in the January transfer window, the phones inside the Boleyn Ground have suddenly sprung to life.

Most likely incomer is Leeds defender Sam Byram, who might be wearing the claret and blue by the time The Wharf is published. [who could be signed within the next 24 hours).

According to co-chairman David Sullivan, the Irons have been tracking the defender for a while and were ready to pounce in the summer when he was out of contract. But it became increasingly likely he might slip through their fingers.

Sullivan told Sky Sports : “In the last few days, it looked like he was going to Everton, so we realised it was now or never and had to pitch in to sign him.

“I wouldn’t normally say this but the Leeds chairman has made it public, because I think it’s wrong to mention what you’re doing until it’s done. But if they’re happy to mention it, so are we.”

Meanwhile the club continues its hunt for a front man and have opened negotiations with Fenerbahce over a deal for striker Emmanuel Emenike, according to The Sun .

The Nigeria international was spotted in London after his loan at Dubai side Al Ain ended. Bilic knows the knows the 28-year-old from his time in Turkey. Another loan deal may be in the offing. Emenike is rated at around £7million.