Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino has hinted that he may renew his interest in taking over West Ham despite their relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
The Italian was in the running to takeover the cash-strapped Hammers in January 2010, before former Birmingham owners David Sullivan and David Gold took the reins.
Speaking of his previous takeover bid, Cellino admitted "things didn't go well in those days" but hinted a renewed bid could be in the offing, and he told Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport: "I was attacked by the journalists in order to justify a choice that has revealed itself to be unhappy for West Ham."
He added: "The current owners have speculated with the affection of the Hammers' fans. They even tried to do housing business with the sale of the actual stadium.
"The West Ham fans are exceptional. I started this project because I was attracted by the atmosphere of the Hammers. This is why I'm so disappointed for this relegation. But it was predictable."
He added: "I am saddened for the West Ham fans. They did not deserve to be demoted.
"But if they want to I could take over the club even though they will be in the first division."