La Liga side Real Betis are interested in signing Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.
However the Spanish club’s attempt look set to fail as they seek to sign the French man on a free transfer.
The ambitious outfit are said to have contacted Chelsea about ripping up the former City star’s contract which would allow him to leave for nothing.
Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is the newly promoted club’s the backup plan having already missed out on Birmingham’s Nikola Zigic.
The summer arrivals of Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata at Stamford Bridge could mean that Andre Villas Boas will allow Anelka leave however his large wages could prove a problem for clubs and Betis had hoped to use the cash they would save on a transfer fee to lure the 32-year-old with a bumper final pay package