West Ham have expressed an interest in taking Tottenham striker Robbie Keane on loan - if the Irishman does not complete a permanent move away from White Hart Lane.
Keane has been strongly tipped to leave Spurs this summer, with Aston Villa and Sunderland believed to be leading the race for his signature.
The 30-year-old is eager for regular first-team football and has been a substitute for Spurs' first two games of the new season.
Keane is rated at £10m by the Londoners and they would rather sell him than agree a loan deal, as they did when the Ireland captain joined Celtic for six months last season.
West Ham boss Avram Grant is unwilling to pay the asking price for Keane, but the Hammers have indicated they would like to discuss a loan deal should the player still be at Tottenham in the final days of the transfer window.
Grant is desperate for a forward to strengthen his striking options and has failed with bids to sign Nice star Loic Remy and Craig Bellamy, who has chosen to join Cardiff on loan from Manchester City.