West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has revealed the club had a deal in place to sign Miroslav Klose before his excellent World Cup campaign.
The 32-year-old Bayern Munich striker has been in top form for Germany this summer, and is only one goal away from equalling Ronaldo's record of 15 in World Cup tournaments.
Klose hardly played for Bayern last season and Sullivan says he was ready to make the switch to Upton Park before the start of the next campaign.
But following his goalscoring exploits in South Africa, a number of Europe's top clubs are now thought to be sniffing around him.
Sullivan believes a deal is unlikely. He told Soccernet: "We had a deal in place before the World Cup, after he had a bad season in Germany.
"However, as a result of what he has done at the World Cup, it's unlikely to happen."
Klose scored just six goals in 38 appearances for Bayern Munich last term, but it remains to be seen if the Bundesliga outfit will now be willing to sell.
His contract at the Allianz Arena is due to expire next summer, having signed for the club in 2007 from Werder Bremen.