Sunderland striker Martyn Waghorn has attracted the 'admiration' of Hull City boss Nigel Pearson.
Pearson worked with the 20-year-old during a season-long loan deal at Leicester last term, during which the forward netted 12 goals to help the Foxes land a top-six finish.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce says he is open to Waghorn heading out on another long-term loan, creating a potential opportunity for Pearson.
But while admitting his liking for the youngster, the Tigers manager is remaining coy over his hopes of reaching a deal.
"He's certainly a player I've got a lot of admiration for but I don't think it's appropriate to talk about another club's players," Pearson told the Hull Daily Mail.
"Steve Bruce said that he (Waghorn) was a target for everyone in the Championship. People are making the link because of last season.
"All of our business will be done in the correct manner."
With uncertainty surrounding the futures of current forwards Kamel Ghilas and Daniel Cousin as they continue to attract interest from European clubs, Pearson says he is keen to bolster his squad up-front.
"We've had a chance to look at the squad now and we're aware of where we think we need to strengthen. We're a little bit light up front," said Pearson.
"We're looking for better players than what we've got, it's as simple as that.
"It's one thing wanting to strengthen and another thing doing it so we'll wait and see.
"I'm pleased with a lot of the players we've got here and we've got some more targets that we're looking at but bringing players in is dependent on a number of criteria."