Derby have confirmed they have made an enquiry about out-of-favour Ipswich striker Jon Stead.
The Rams' strike-force has been hit by a number of injuries this season, with long-term absentees Steve Davies, Chris Porter and on-loan James Vaughan all currently out of action.
Ipswich manager Roy Keane denied on Monday that any contact with Derby regarding Stead had been made, although a possible deal could be on the cards.
The 26-year-old forward spent three months on loan at Pride Park in 2006, when he scored three goals in 17 games, but Rams boss Nigel Clough admits that any deal is far from complete.
"Jon Stead is a player that we have asked about," he said.
"However, I don't think that there will be any movement in this direction at the moment."
Meanwhile, Clough is keen to extend the loan of Fulham right-back Fredrik Stoor, providing he can recover from an ankle injury.
The 25-year-old will miss Tuesday's game against Middlesbrough and is a doubt for the final match of his month-long spell against QPR at the weekend.
"So long as Freddie is going to be fit a week after that game, we will look to extend the loan because he has settled in and done very well indeed," the Derby boss added.
"I think he has improved as each game has gone on. His ankle has reduced in size since Saturday - it was badly swollen after the Leicester game."