(CNN) -- West Ham's out of favor French midfielder Julien Faubert is set for an unlikely loan move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Faubert is set to be given a fresh chance to prove his talent at Real Madrid.
West Ham have given Faubert permission to talk to Real after he has failed to feature regularly in their first team this season.
The Premier League club's chief executive Scott Duxbury broke the news on his club's official Web site www.whufc.com:
"Julien has struggled to get into Gianfranco Zola's team this season -- and despite the high hopes we had for him when he joined us 18 months ago, he has not had the best of times.
"He had asked the manager about a possible move, and we felt it right to let him talk to Real Madrid.
"If it does not happen then we will, of course, welcome Julien back into the squad. "
Real coach Juande Ramos has been linked with a number of players as he attempts to fill a perceived weakness on the wide right of midfield, with Jermaine Pennant, Aaron Lennon and Antonio Valencia all mentioned.
But their interest in Faubert, who joined West Ham from Bordeaux in 2007, took pundits by surprise.
Duxbury said Real first contacted him on Friday morning with a view to a loan move ahead of a permanent signing in the summer.
"If Julien does go on loan, then we will look to quickly bring in a replacement," he added.
Faubert spent much of last season on the sidelines with a ruptured Achilles tendon and has struggled to regain his best form.