Martin Stranzl has put West Ham, Everton and Fulham on alert after telling Spartak Moscow he wants to quit the club.
The former Austria centre half has fallen out of favour with Valery Karpin over the last six months as the Spartak coach has struggled to shuffle his foreign players to meet Russian Premier League rules.
The 30-year-old attracted interest from England last year but was persuaded to stay in Moscow. However, he has now asked to be released from his contract a year early.
If Spartak agree, Rapid Vienna have already registered an interest, while both Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic have previously sounded out the 6ft 3in defender.
While a return to Austria has not been ruled out, Stranzl knows it could be the last chance of fulfilling an ambition to play in England.
Spartak have good relations with West Ham following Radoslav Kovac's move to Upton Park last year and Avram Grant could certainly do with help to plug a defence that has conceded 30 goals in 17 Barclays Premier League games this season.
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