West Ham are assessing whether to make an offer for Bayern Munich right back Rafinha, according to Calciomercato.com.
The Brazilian is 31 years of age, and unlike other potential targets such as Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, the player has a contract until 2018 and will command a transfer fee.
Under Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti, the full back has started just 15 games this season, making 26 appearances in total. He had become a regular under previous coach Pep Guardiola but with his game time becoming increasingly limited, he may consider leaving the Allianz Arena.
Bayern will not want the player to leave for nothing, and it seems likely that with a year left on his current deal, the Brazilian will be sold in the summer transfer window.
His experience of Champions League football, and his 199 appearances for Bayern, may pique the interest of Hammer boss Slaven Bilic, who is seeking to strengthen an area of the pitch where the Hammers have struggled for options in recent seasons.