Mark Hughes isn't interested in the West Ham United job.

The Daily Mail says the former Manchester City manager remains the West Ham board's prime candidate to succeed Gianfranco Zola at the end of this season.

Hughes has already been sounded out, but the Welshman's demands proved too expensive, both in terms of salary and the huge backroom staff he wanted to bring in with him.

The former City manager, sacked in December to make way for Roberto Mancini, also believes his stock remains high enough to command a bigger job if there is a managerial reshuffle in the summer.