Skysports.com understands Reading have rejected a bid from West Ham for Nicky Shorey.
Shorey's future at Reading has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks after talks over a new deal at the Madejski Stadium stalled.
The news has alerted a number of clubs with West Ham believed to be leading the hunt for the full-back.
The Hammers need to strengthen their options at left-back after letting Paul Konchesky join Fulham and Shorey is thought to be Alan Curbishley's top target.
Shorey, who has broken into the England set-up, has previously admitted he is flattered to be linked with a move to West Ham.
Reading are reluctant to lose Shorey as he is a key member of Steve Coppell's side and they are believed to have turned down West Ham's offer for the 26-year-old.
It remains to be seen if West Ham will increase their offer for Shorey as they try to beat the transfer deadline to bolster their squad