Sunderland winger Ahmed Elmohamady has revealed he is in talks with West Ham about the possibility of a loan switch to Upton Park.
The 25-year-old has been out of favour at the Stadium of Light, failing to make a single Premier League start since Martin O'Neill took the reins in December.
Speaking after Egypt's 2-0 victory over Mozambique in a World Cup qualifier on Friday, Elmohamady said: "West Ham are in talks with me. There could be something next week."
It is reported Elmohamady would be likely to move on an initial season-long loan, with a view to a permanent deal next summer.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen to recruit players in order to prepare his team for life in the top flight after gaining promotion through the play-offs late in May.
George McCartney also spent last season on loan with the Hammers and could be set for a permanent move to Upton Park but it is Elmohamady that Allardyce is prioritising for now.
The Egyptian has two years left to run on his Sunderland contract but O'Neill is keen to listen to offers for a player brought in by his predecessor, Steve Bruce.