According to The Telegraph, West Ham are in talks over a £5m permanent deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song - but face stern competition.
Song, 27, spent this past season on loan at West Ham having failed to make an impact at Barcelona, despite only joining the club in the summer of 2012.
The Cameroon star had a sensational first half of the season, dominating the midfield and looking every inch the player that starred for Arsenal some years ago - but much like most of the West Ham squad, his form nosedived in 2015, leaving him to return to Barcelona as West Ham contemplated a permanent move.
The signing of Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria on Wednesday was seen as the signal that Song wouldn't returning to East London, but co-chairman David Sullivan opened that door again in an interview with the club's official website.
"I can assure you we have not given up on Alex Song yet," said Sullivan. "Before Christmas Alex was outstanding and if we believe we can get him back to that sort of form and maybe with a new manager we can, we would very much like Alex to come," he added.
Now, The Telegraph believe that the Hammers have opened talks with Barcelona over a £5m permanent deal for Song - but other Premier League teams are interested in him due to his 'home-grown' status having come through the ranks at Arsenal.
Foreign clubs such as AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma and Schalke are also credited with an interest, but a permanent return to the Premier League looks most likely with plenty of interest in England.