Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign Inter Milan striker Ishak Belfodil from under the noses of West Ham United.
Despite receiving the backing of club owners David Sullivan and David Gold Sam Allardyce remains under severe pressure following heavy losses to Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.
In an attempt to rectify the club's poor form the Hammers boss is desperate to add bodies to his dilapidated squad and the club have reportedly held discussions with Belfodil over a move to east London in the coming days.
But former West Ham manager Redknapp have revealed QPR have also entered discussions to sign the Algerian to boost his side's chances of earning promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
When asked about the Inter youngster, Redknapp told a press conference via Inside Futbol: "He's one that we've looked at, yeah.
"He's a player that we've been interested in. I know West Ham are interested as well. But I don't know how that's gone on.
"I've not been involved in. (QPR chief executive) Phil Beard's been dealing with Inter Milan. But how far down the road we are, I really don't know."
In addition to Redknapp's intervention, West Ham could face a further stumbling block in their attempts to sign Belfodil in Serie A side Parma. The club, who Belfodil left to join Inter last summer, still retain a 50 per cent stake in the striker and are reportedly demanding a €3.5m fee for their share before sanctioning the move.
With Andy Carroll yet to play for the club this season, West Ham have sought to remedy their blunt attack with a string of short term moves.
The club signed former Fulham striker Mladen Petric as a free agent in September, but he made just three appearances before being released at the end of 2013.
The club also signed Carlton Cole on a short term deal that expires at the end of January. Although Allardyce is keen to extend the 30-year-old's stay at Upton Park, Redknapp also has his eye on the striker and admits the club will be monitoring his situation.
"I'm looking at a striker, looking to get a front man in," Redknapp continued. "(Cole) is an option but we have some other options at the moment. And I don't know, West Ham may decide to keep him."