Skysports.com understands that League One leaders Brighton have made a bid for Preston North End's Paul Hayes.
The 27-year-old striker only joined The Lilywhites on a free transfer last summer after being snapped up from Scunthorpe United.
The Dagenham-born marksman has made 10 Championship appearances for Preston, but has only scored once - a match-winner against Portsmouth.
Gus Poyet's League One leaders are now set to test Preston's resolve by attempting to entice him to drop one level in the English ladder.
Brighton are this season's runaway leaders and see Hayes' experience and eye for goal as the ideal addition as they look to secure a top-two finish.