Serie A outfit Parma have admitted to holding an interest in Chilean playmaker Luis Jimenez.
The 25-year-old is currently on loan at West Ham, who he joined on a season-long deal from Inter Milan over the summer.
However, the South American has struggled to make an impact in England and has seen his first-team opportunities limited as a result.
West Ham are also known to be struggling financially and are expected to move players on before the January window slams shut.
The Hammers could choose to get Jimenez off their wage bill, agreeing to terminate his loan agreement at Upton Park.
That would open the door to Parma, with the Italian club's sporting director Pietro Leonardi revealing that he is set to hold talks with Inter regarding a possible deal.
"Jimenez interests us," he told tuttomercatoweb.
"In fact, I am heading to Milan to talk about a possible transfer."