Aidy Boothroyd is planning to speak to Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane in the hope of agreeing a deal to keep Kevin Lisbie at Colchester United.
Lisbie is currently on loan at Colchester, but Keane intends to recall the striker in January when he is expected to sell the 31-year-old.
Keane stated earlier this week that he had not heard from Boothroyd regarding Colchester's interest in hanging on to the 10-goal forward.
However, Boothroyd says he has tried to contact Keane and will continue his efforts to reach a deal which will see Lisbie stay at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
"I have clearly got to make contact with Roy about it," the Colchester manager told the Green'Un.
"I do have a number for him, but as yet I haven't been able to get hold of him on it. He's a reasonable sort of guy though and hopefully we can move forward.
"I think Kevin Lisbie is a terrific player and I'd like to keep him, but the bottom line is that Kevin Lisbie earns a Championship salary and that really he's a Championship stroke Premiership player.
"We know we are very lucky to have him, but at the same time he is lucky to have us as well and he knows that.
"In the meantime we have got to make sure we get him fired up and scoring goals for us."