Manchester City are reportedly prepared to sell Roque Santa Cruz to West Ham.
Goal.com suggests that City are willing to listen to offers for the Paraguayan striker as the deadline for the submission of their 25-man Premier League squad looms.
The Hammers are stepping up their pursuit of a new centre-forward and - having missed out on Everton frontman Yakubu - they have supposedly tabled a bid of £8.5 million for 29-year-old Santa Cruz.
Fulham boss Mark Hughes - who snapped up Santa Cruz from Blackburn while in charge at Eastlands - has also reportedly been keen to seal a deal for the ex-Bayern Munich marksman, but his wage demands are believed to be a stumbling block.
This would appear to make West Ham the frontrunners to gain his signature - which could prove to be vital should they lose Carlton Cole to Liverpool.
Cole has been constantly linked with a £20 million move to Anfield in recent weeks, but the Irons' co-chairman David Sullivan has made it clear that he does not intend to let any of his best players leave Upton Park.
Scott Parker has also been subject to interest from a number of clubs - including Tottenham - but Sullivan today issued a firm "hands-off" warning to any potential suitors.
"I made a promise that I would not sell Scott and I will not, for any amount of money, break that promise to the West Ham supporters," he told the Daily Mail.
"I have told Spurs again that he's not available and not to bother us any further, or we'll report them to the Premier League."
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