Skysports.com understands that Bolton Wanderers are ready to make a move for Middlesbrough's Seb Hines.
Trotters chief Owen Coyle is seemingly a big fan of the North East club's academy system.
The Bolton boss swooped for David Wheater in January and is also a confirmed fan of Rhys Williams.
Now he is also lining up a potential deal for Hines, who emerged as a first-team regular under Tony Mowbray last term.
Hines is currently recovering from three operations in the summer, having undergone surgery on a broken jaw and an ankle injury, but he is expected to be fit for the start of the new season.