Ex-French international Nicolas Anelka is reportedly in talks over cancelling his contract with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, according to Sky Sports.
The 33 year old former Real Madrid forward joined the Chinese club from European champions Chelsea in January last year, signing a two year contract with the club for, the Daily Mail reports, £200,000 per week.
However, all is not well with the Frenchman in the Far East. And with only three goals this season (Shenhua finished ninth), the travel bug seems to have bitten Anelka. The striker has played for an astonishing number of clubs in his career so far, with appearances for French club Paris St Germain (PSG) and Turkish club Fenerbahce, among others.
"The discussion is between the club and himself, I don't know about the specific details," club spokesman Ma Yue was quoted, "But so far we haven't got the final result."
QPR and Redknapp Calling
Meanwhile, Anelka was linked by the Telegraph to struggling Premier League side Queens Park Rangers. The Loftus Road club have recently appointed former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and were rewarded with a first league win of the season (2-1 over Fulham). And Redknapp is keen to add to his attacking options in January
"Anelka's a top player so if he's available he's a player I think would be of interest to people but as far as I know he's gone to China - I don't know what the situation is with that," Redknapp confessed.
Incidentally, Redknapp has been warned against bidding for Spurs' Michael Dawson and Scott Parker. Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham's manager, admitted it was natural for a newly appointed manager to look to former players but insisted both Dawson and Parker were important members of his playing squad and would not be allowed to leave.
Hammers Want Anelka
The French forward is also reportedly a target for West Ham United, lead by veteran Sam Allardyce. And Anelka, who worked with Allardyce during his time at Bolton Wanderers, is a huge admirer of the manager, who has a good record of extending the careers of senior players, with Ivan Campo, Jay-Jay Okocha and Fernando Hierro being fine examples.