Huddersfield Town midfielder Michael Collins has been in talks with Scunthorpe United regarding a move to the Championship club.
Iron manager Nigel Adkins is a long-term admirer of the 24-year-old, who has been a member of the senior squad over the past six years at the Galpharm Stadium.
And the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international could now be ready to make the step up to the second tier of the Football League.
Adkins admitted he tried to bring in the versatile Collins when he was younger, but the Terriers were determined to keep hold of the player, although now they seem resigned to allowing him to leave for a fee believed to be around £50,000.
"I got permission from Huddersfield manager Lee Clark to speak with Michael - and I have now done that, Adkins told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
"He is a player we tried to sign a couple of years ago when we brought in David Mirfin from there, but the manager then, Stan Ternent, would not let us.
"Michael is a player who I feel would fit perfectly into the culture we have here at Glanford Park.
"He is six feet one inch tall, is a great athlete and has the versatility to fit into several different roles.
"He can play just behind the front man and loves to score goals.
"He is a player I would love to bring here to Scunthorpe but we are still a long, long way from a deal being reached."