Sky Sports understands Hibernian are in talks with Stoke to sign midfielder Tom Soares.
Soares has found himself well down the pecking order at Stoke in recent seasons and has not figured for the Potters this term.
The 25-year-old has had spells out with Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday in the last few seasons and boss Tony Pulis is happy to loan him out again.
Hibs chief Pat Fenlon is keen to bolster his squad before the close of the transfer window and he is hoping to bring Soares to Easter Road.
Fenlon is hoping to push through a deal to take Soares to Edinburgh on loan until the end of the season as he bids to lead the club away from trouble at the wrong end of the SPL table.