Ibrahima Sonko could land himself another contract at Reading after impressing boss Brian McDermott.
The defender is currently without a club following his release by Stoke.
He endured a frustrating time at the Britannia Stadium, making just seven league starts in two years.
The Potters opted to send him out on loan to Portsmouth last season, but rules regarding short-term deals meant he once again found himself on the sidelines for long periods.
The 30-year-old Senegal international is now looking to get his career back on track, preferably at a place he knows well.
Having represented Reading with distinction between 2004 and 2008, he would welcome a return to the Madejski Stadium.
He may just get his wish, with McDermott admitting Sonko caught the eye during the Royals' 3-0 friendly victory over Northampton on Saturday.
"Sonko got a great ovation from the fans; we know him so well," he told the club's official website.
"You can see he's comfortable in our environment. He's had three clubs since he left us but he's only 30.
"He's fit and strong so he needs to play some games, he needs to be with a manager who knows him.
"He's talked to me about doing well and winning games and he's still got that desire.
"Whether he had that the last couple of years I don't know, but he feels he's got something to prove now."