Aberdeen have taken Manchester City youngster Paul Marshall on trial with a view to a loan move in January.
Marshall has yet to make his first-team debut for City, but enjoyed spells on loan at Blackpool and Port Vale last season.
He will spend a week training at Pittodrie and Dons boss Mark McGhee admits the 20-year-old could eventually secure a permanent switch to the SPL club.
"I watched Marshall play for City's reserve team and there is no doubt he is a good footballer," said McGhee.
"He's a tall left-sided central midfielder who is a good passer of the ball and different from anything we have.
"We'd be looking at taking the boy on loan initially, but I think he would be available to make that permanent."