West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami could be heading to Serie A side Palermo in the summer.
The Switzerland international has also been linked with a switch to Manchester City but Palermo will be in a position to launch a bid of their own for Behrami if they can sell in-demand defender Simon Kjaer.
Their president Maurizio Zamparini told stadionews.it: "We're trying to take him.
"The negotiations are difficult and complicated, especially because of the salary the player receives in the Premier League, but Sabatini is his friend and let's see how it goes. Behrami is a very good player.
"We still like the player but it is unlikely that he will arrive. In any case, we will try and buy him but not now because it would upset the balance of the team.
"The interest is real but it is for June. Now I would not even take him for free."
Meanwhile, Hammers chief executive Scott Duxbury has resigned, saying in a statement: "I'm proud of my work at West Ham United but feel the time is right for me to pursue other opportunities.
"I wish Mr Sullivan, Mr Gold and Karren (Brady) great success in driving this wonderful football club forward, and I know under their stewardship the club will prosper. Thank you to all the supporters who have kept faith with the club through good and bad times."