West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is poised to make a sensational loan swoop for Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka to boost his promotion hopes according to the Daily Mail.
The French forward has been put on the transfer list along with Brazilian defender Alex by Andre Villas Boas and both have been told that they have no future at the club while the Portuguese man is at the helm.
West Ham will face competition from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, who are expected to appoint Anelka's compatriot Jean Tigana as manager within a few days.
The Super League outfit would also be able to offer a bigger wage packet to the well travelled forward which may entice him to move to the Far East.
But Allardyce has worked with Anelka before at Bolton and they enjoyed their time together.
After he left the club for Chelsea in 2008 Anelka said: "I am grateful to Sam Allardyce. I had a good relationship with him and Bolton improved my game. It taught me to be stronger in the head and adapt."
West Ham are currently second in the Championship and will be even more confident of securing automatic promotion and an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League if they could secure Anelka's services.
Anelka would also link up with former teammates Kevin Nolan, Joey O'Brien and Abdoulaye Faye if he joined the Upton Park outfit.