Palermo remain keen on West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami.

The Sunday Mirror says the talented midfielder has been one of the few shining lights at Upton Park this season and was reportedly offered a five-year extension at the start of February.

But with the club facing a crippling debt, the contract offer was withdrawn.

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is refusing to discuss any new deals with his players until he knows which league they will be playing in next season.

Palermo are fourth in Serie A and hope the attraction of Champions League football next season will tempt Behrami to quit Upton Park, especially if the Hammers suffer relegation.