Skysports.com understands Rochdale are leading the race to sign Manchester City starlet Andrew Tutte.
Tutte is set to be loaned out by City as Roberto Mancini looks for the 19-year-old to gain valuable first-team action.
The news has alerted a number of club's to Tutte's availability, with a host of League One and League Two sides expressing an interest in landing the player on loan.
However, Rochdale are hoping to steal a march on their rivals by agreeing a deal to take Tutte to Spotland.
Tutte's signing would be a major boost for Dale boss Keith Hill as he looks to bolster his squad before the close of the transfer window.
The young midfielder is highly-rated at Eastlands and recently signed a one-year contract extension at the club.