Nigel Clough has confirmed an interest in Gary Hooper, but fears Derby County may be priced out of a bid for the Scunthorpe United striker.
Hooper took his tally for the season to 18 by scoring in Tuesday's 2-2 home draw against Reading, with Clough in attendance at Glanford Park.
Several clubs in the Premier League and Championship have been linked with summer bids for Hooper, who has a year remaining on his Scunthorpe contract.
Iron boss Nigel Adkins expressed his hope earlier this week that he would be able to hang on to the forward next season, especially with the club now safe from relegation.
Adkins' Derby counterpart Clough is not surprised by the level of interest in the 22-year-old and believes the success of any bid could depend on Hooper's price tag.
In with a chance
"That is not a surprise, especially when he scores a hat-trick two weeks before the end of the season like he did against Bristol City at the weekend," Clough told the Derby Telegraph regarding the interest in Hooper.
"He is a player who has done well against us.
"It might be that we get priced out of it, I don't know, but if he is one we identify as a definite target than we would hope to be in there bidding.
"If Premiership clubs come in, there is no competition really, but if it is clubs from the Championship I would hope that if we decide to go for him we would be in with a chance."