Phil Brown has revealed that Robbie Fowler has expressed an interest in returning to England at Preston.
A deal remains some way off for now, with only tentative talks having been held, but the Lilywhites are prepared to give the proposal some thought.
Former England international Fowler has spent the last two years playing in Australia, but is keen to return to his roots in the North West.
The ex-Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City striker sounded out Preston as a possible destination and has already been in touch with Brown.
The Lilywhites boss is refusing to commit to anything at the moment, with there still much work to be done, but he admits he is intrigued by the prospect of brining the 35-year-old home.
Brown told the Lancashire Evening Post: "He is a possibility, in terms of I'd have to see the lad, find out what the financial situation is.
"I always like sitting down opposite somebody, looking into the whites of their eyes and seeing how hungry they are.
"Robbie has been out of the country for a while now, and I don't think he's fit enough to start Championship football.
"But it's something that comes at you as a manager.
"You get phone calls out of the blue, and whether you entertain them or not is another thing.
"The chairman has said to me that there is the finance to bring another loan player or two in, so it just depends what Robbie brings to the party.
"If he brings something to the party, then yes, it is a possibility. Robbie said the right things when I spoke to him - he is a businessman at the end of the day.
"But I've only had a phone call, I've not actually spoken to him face-to-face, and that's always key."