West Ham boss Alan Pardew has admitted he is interested in signing Real Madrid full-back Cicinho.
Pardew tried to lure the Brazilian to Upton Park during summer transfer window, but was unable to agree a deal with the Spanish club.
Cicinho has been deemed surplus to requirements by new Real coach Fabio Capello who is prepared to let him move on. Indeed the layer was offered to Italian club Roma during the summer, but no deal materialised.
“I shall try to sign him (Cicinho) again in January and hopefully I’ll be successful,” Pardew told the Independent.
Cicinho’s agent Ricardo Sartis insists the player is happy in Madrid and rejected talk of a move to Roma.
“Cicinho is a Real Madrid player and it is not going anywhere,” Sartis told Marca.
“He is very happy in Madrid and very motivated to convince Capello that he should be in the team.
“There is nothing happening with Rome. I can confirm Cicinho wants to succeed in Madrid.”