West Ham have made a bid to sign Belarus striker Sergey Kornilenko on loan from Zenit St Petersburg.
The cash-strapped Hammers want to take the 6ft 1in target man until the end of the season.
The 26-year-old, who has scored nine goals in 30 international appearances, has been told he can find a new club just six months after joining the Russian giants from Tom Tomsk for £1.2million.
Kornilenko scored just once in 12 appearances for Zenit and is not in the plans of new manager Luciano Spalletti.
Tom had hoped to take him back on loan, but now concede they can't compete with the Hammers.
Tom boss Valeri Nepomniachi said: 'Apart from out interest, Sergey has proposals from a foreign club and a top Russian club.
'Sergey admitted that he'd like to play for Tom again, but the question is what proposal will be more interesting for him.
'It is our understanding that West Ham are interested, so our chances are probably not too great. Nevertheless, we've made an offer for Kornilenko.'
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