Sky Sports News understands Palermo are showing an interest in signing Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand on a season-long loan.
Ferdinand's future at the Stadium of Light remains uncertain after the club were initially prepared to listen to offers for the 25-year-old at the end of last season.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce, however, was impressed by Ferdinand upon his return to training and has yet to make a firm decision on whether he is in his plans.
Bruce has been busy increasing his defensive options over the summer and has already brought in Titus Bramble, Nedum Onuoha, Ahmed Al-Muhammadi and Marcos Angeleri in addition to re-signing John Mensah.
That could leave Ferdinand facing a battle to play regularly at Wearside this season and Palermo are now ready to pounce.
The Italian club are understood to have enquired about the possibility of offering Ferdinand the chance to spend a season in Serie A.
Ferdinand, who played at left-back for part of last term, has made 61 appearances for Sunderland since his 2008 arrival from West Ham United.