Paul Peschisolido is hoping Aaron Webster will sign a new contract at Burton Albion after also being offered a deal by Crewe Alexandra.
Long-serving defender Webster was challenged to work on his fitness over the summer and has now been rewarded with the offer of a contract extension.
However, the 29-year-old is also wanted by Burton's League Two rivals Crewe and Peschisolido is keeping his fingers crossed the player will stay at the Pirelli Stadium.
"I have said all along and I have told him that he could be, potentially, the best player in the league." Peschisolido told the club's official website. "He has got fantastic ability and what has held him back has been himself.
"He has gone away and taken what I have said on board, he has worked his socks off all summer long and come back extremely fit.
"Aaron could be a huge asset, so I don't want to lose him, but what I wanted to see was that hunger and I certainly got that.
"We have sat down again today and maybe tweaked the contract details a little bit, and I am hoping that he comes back tomorrow (Wednesday) and says yes to me."
Peschisolido added: "It seems that Crewe have been interested all along, so we'll just have to see what happens."