West Ham are in talks with Fiorentina to sign holding midfield player Carlos Sanchez. for a fee in the region of £4 million, as reported by the Sun.

Sanchez will be a familiar name to some English football fans, after he played for Aston Villa for a couple of years between 2014-2016.

FLORENCE, ITALY – JANUARY 15: Carlos Alberto Sanchez of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 15, 2017 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

He also went to this summer’s World Cup with Colombia, and was sent off in their opening game against Japan for denying a certain goal with his hands.

The speculation linking Sanchez to the London Stadium appears to have come out of nowhere, and some Irons fans have slammed the idea of the club signing the 32-year-old.

But a small section have taken a step back to analyse the full picture about what Manuel Pellegrini might be thinking with the move, and they have concluded that it must mean Declan Rice will be the first choice holding midfielder.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Declan Rice of West Ham during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Ipswich Town and West Ham United at Portman Road on July 28, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)

Signing a 32-year-old for £4 million or on loan, does not suggest that that player will feature as a regular starter, and some fans are clinging to the hope that he were merely provide back up and lend a hand when the season starts to wear on, with Rice the man to potentially make the CDM role his own.