West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has admitted his interest in bringing Carlos Tevez back to the club.
The Hammers are believed to have had a loan enquiry rebuffed by Manchester City for Tevez.
Tevez has been suspended by City for two weeks with Roberto Mancini claiming the Argentine will never play for him again after his apparent refusal to go on as a substitute at Bayern Munich in midweek.
Tevez enjoyed a successful spell at West Ham in 2007 and Allardyce has left the door open for a move back to Upton Park, insisting he would have no fear of handling the controversial striker.
"If he would like to join us and the chairman would like to pay for him then yes, why wouldn't you want a top-class player like that?" said Allardyce.
"I've worked with some world-class players in my time, they win you games when you least expect it.
"With a goal record like his why wouldn't you want him?
"I've had worse than him. I've had some bad ones in my time. Just keep playing him, that's the answer."
Meanwhile, Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian has hinted Inter Milan could make a move for the South American.
Tevez was linked with a move to Inter in the summer in a possible swap deal with Wesley Sneijder and Joorabchian believes the deal could be resurrected.
"I know that Inter Milan have offered to Manchester City Sneijder in exchange for Tevez and that there was serious talks between the two clubs to try to define the deal," Joorabchian told De Telegraaf.
"But with the arrival of Samir Nasri it looks like City still have too many players in midfield."