Everton boss David Moyes is ready to let James Vaughan leave the club on loan.
Striker Vaughan has been battling to get back to full fitness after a series of injuries.
Middlesbrough are understood to be leading the chase having already made a couple of unsuccessful enquiries for the England Under-21 international.
But having come through a recent reserve outing, Vaughan is now fit enough for first-team action.
And with Moyes unable to give the forward that at Goodison Park he is willing to let him get that elsewhere.
"Vaughany is all right," said Moyes.
"He has had a few problems with his knee but it's settled now. He trained the last few days and will be in the squad on Sunday (against Blackburn).
"It would benefit James to go out on loan. It will benefit him to get some games, that will be valuable to the boy. He has missed a lot of football."