Chris Turner has revealed he will hold off talks with Roy O'Donovan over a permanent move to Hartlepool United until the Sunderland striker returns from holiday.
Irishman O'Donovan has scored nine goals in his 15 games on loan at Pools, playing a crucial role in the club's League One survival, and director of sport Turner is eager to keep him at Victoria Park.
The former Cork City forward is likely to be in high demand when his Black Cats contract expires at the end of next month after already being linked to Colchester and Southampton.
And Turner will have to wait until next week before speaking to the 24-year-old, who will take a substantial drop in wages from Sunderland if he agrees to join Pools.
"Roy's away. He went on holiday after the Brentford game," Turner told the Sunderland Echo.
"But he did a great job. I'll speak to him in due course to see what is happening.
"He's proved that that's the sort of striker we need. His nine goals played a major part in us finishing 16th until the points deduction.
"I don't think you put pressure on people or show your hand. I just think that when he comes back off his holiday, I'll have a discussion with him.
"He may have five offers on the table from Championship clubs or so-called bigger clubs in this division who are rumoured to be looking.
"We may have a chance but his goals ratio is what you need to do well in this league and progress."