PAOLO DI CANIO says he would 'give everything' for West Ham if he was granted the chance to work at Upton Park.

The Hammers legend has been linked with the manager's post, following Avram Grant's sacking on Sunday.

However, club co-owner David Sullivan admitted he would be going with his heart rather than his head if he appointed the popular Italian and effectively ruled him out of the running.

But Di Canio would jump at the chance to return to England, having acquired his coaching license, and insists he is close to finding work back on these shores.

“I believe my future will be in England,” the 42-year-old told Sport Mediaset. “In the next few days something will happen, perhaps in an inferior division.

“English football is loyal, full of pride and I believe I'm close to returning to England. It is the country that I most love from a football standpoint.”

Of his seven seasons in English football, Di Canio secured legendary status during his four seasons with West Ham, and would be welcomed with open arms by the club's fans.

“I am very saddened by West Ham's relegation. Thus team has always been in my heart.

“They have unique supporters. I would give everything for West Ham.

“I even have a Hammers tattoo.”