Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll has set his sights on Elliott Ward after missing out on Jason Shackell.
Shackell had been Rovers' top target at centre-back following an impressive long-term loan spell from Wolves last season but he opted for a more lucrative offer at Championship rivals Barnsley earlier this month.
Ward also played on loan for Rovers but is out of contract after being released by Coventry.
Rovers have expressed their interest and O'Driscoll is hoping money doesn't count against them again as the 25-year-old defender is currently weighing up his options.
"Elliott did well for us in the month that he was here on loan and we are obviously monitoring his situation," the Rovers boss told the Star.
"He is currently talking to four or five clubs. Our hat is in the ring because he doesn't need to come here and me try to persuade him to join us because he came here and did well.
"If I was a player I'd look at all the other options and that is what he is doing at the minute.
"I think the fact that he has been here helps us more so than the boy. You couch things up how you want in football, but it all comes down to money.
"However much we want to pat ourselves on the back and say this is a good club - we look after players and let them play and they enjoy it - at the end of the day it comes down to money.
"I'm not being critical of players. They only have a short career and if someone is prepared to give them the money then you can't really complain."
Rovers also remain interested in Rochdale left-back Tom Kennedy as a replacement for Derby-bound Gareth Roberts.
"We've chatted to Tom Kennedy and he's got two or three other clubs showing interest, who obviously he'll go and see," O'Driscoll added.
"We've not offered him anything. We've just said to him that we are in the market for a left-back. We told him that we'd watched him two or three times and that he'd fit in with what we do.
"As I say, he's got some big clubs looking at him as well and people have got to decide which is the best move for him.
"I don't think that it befalls on me to put any pressure on players because they have got to make the decision based on whatever they think is right."