Aberdeen boss Craig Brown is hoping an old pals act can help him agree a second loan deal for Blackburn striker Nick Blackman.
Brown initially brought Blackman to Scotland at the start of the season on a six-month loan with his previous club Motherwell.
That deal has now expired, with Blackman returning to the Premier League outfit, while Brown has since left Well to take over at Pittodrie.
And with Scottish coach Steve Kean having stepped into the Blackburn hotseat following the sacking of Sam Allardyce last month, Brown is confident he can bring Blackman to Aberdeen.
"I am close friends with Steve Kean and I spoke to him about the possibility of another loan deal for Nick," Brown told the Press and Journal.
"The talks were positive. Steve has a few things to discuss with the player, but he told me we would be in the mix if it came to him going back out on loan.
"It is then up to Blackman, but I would like to think he enjoyed working with us at Motherwell."
Blackman was a big hit at Well, scoring 10 goals in 15 league starts, and Brown believes he could have a similar impact with their SPL rivals.
"He would be a stellar addition," he said.
"He is a very good player and similar to Lukas Jutkiewicz, who we had at Motherwell last year, who went back to Everton and was eventually sold to Coventry for £750,000.
"He showed it can be a win-win situation for all parties. I am sure Nick would bring a lot to the team."
Brown has completed the signing of teenage defender Myles Anderson, however.
The former Leyton Orient player has done enough in training with the Dons to earn a short-term deal until the end of the season.