Paul Jewell says Ipswich have made an enquiry over Preston defender Sean St Ledger, but insists no firm bid has been tabled.
Jewell is a long-time admirer of the Republic of Ireland centre-back, who looks set to leave Deepdale following North End's relegation to League One.
But while not ruling out a swoop for the 26-year-old, the Tractor Boys boss says no concrete offer has been made.
"I spoke to (Preston chairman) Maurice Lindsey on Sunday just to make an enquiry about Sean but it's a long, long way from happening," said Jewell.
"He's just one of many players we are looking at and I can't say much more than that."
Meanwhile, Jewell has launched another bid for an unnamed striker just days after landing Michael Chopra from Cardiff.
The manager does not want or need to sell starlet Connor Wickham but remains keen to further bolster his striking options, although former target Billy Sharp - for whom a bid was rejected by Doncaster last month - is no longer on Town's radar.
Jewell told the East Anglian Daily Times: "We've got some good strikers at the club.
"We've got Connor, we've got Jason Scotland, we've got Tamas Priskin and now we've got Michael Chopra but I still want another one.
"We have made a bid for another striker and there're two or three other things going on at the moment which, luckily, we've been able to keep quiet to a certain extent."