Malky Mackay has revealed that he will be looking to bring Andrew Taylor back for a second spell at Watford.
The Middlesbrough defender recently spent four months with the Hornets, resurrecting his career during his time in the capital.
Watford had hoped to snap him up on a permanent basis during the January transfer window, but saw those plans amount to nothing.
It has now been suggested that Taylor, who only has six months left to run on his contract at Boro, could pen a new deal on Teesside.
That would scupper Mackay's plans to land him on a full-time basis, but the Hornets boss admits he is still hoping to see the 24-year-old again.
He is also keen to have Jordon Mutch back at the club, with the teenage midfielder having returned to parent club Birmingham.
Mackay told the Watford Observer said: "If we could bring back Andrew Taylor and Jordon Mutch then that is something we will try to do, but we have to wait until the loan window reopens to see what happens with those guys before deciding whether to do something else."
Should Mackay miss out on Taylor, he admits a defender remains top of his list of priorities.
He said: "We will certainly be looking at bringing in some defensive cover, that is a definite. We would then see what else is out in the loan market.
"We have our lists but we have to wait and see whether we can bring in replacements."
While looking to add in the loan window, Mackay is delighted to have seen the back of January with key men Scott Loach and Danny Graham still on his books.
He said: "You definitely do not want to be losing players that are yours - there is nothing we could do about the Taylor and Mutch situation. I didn't want to lose either of them but they were six-month loans, so there is nothing we could do about it.
"We knew we would be losing a couple of loan players, so to lose any of our players would not have been good for the squad, or us as a football club.
"It is great that we have been able to keep hold of Danny Graham and Scott Loach, as there was speculation surrounding both of those guys and a couple of other lads who have been attracting attention.
"The group wanted to stay together, so I am delighted we have been able to do that."