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West Ham are understood to be interested in bringing Fabien Barthez back to The Premiership.
The former Manchester United keeper is suspended from French football until the end of 2005 after spitting at a referee in a friendly game in Morocco.
As the extension of his ban only applies to French football, The Hammers have explored the possibility of setting up a shock deal for the World Cup winner
Roy Carroll is ready to snub other offers to join West Ham.
The Northern Ireland international is currently in talks with The Hammers over a possible free transfer to Upton Park.
Carroll is in the market for a new club after leaving Manchester United last month.
Fabien Barthez seems set to stay at Marseille after the French Football Federation blocked any move away from France.
West Ham held talks with Barthez last week over a possible move back to England as they prepare for life back in The Premiership.
Barthez is believed to be considering a move away from Marseille after being banned until December 31 by the FFF and had made a move to England his top priority.