Sky Sports understands a host of clubs are chasing Port Vale striker Marc Richards.
Richards is out of contract this summer and talks over a new deal have been delayed because of the club's financial problems.
The news has alerted a number of Championship and League One sides to his possible availability on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Richards is regarded as one of the best forwards in the lower leagues after scoring goals on a regular basis for Port Vale since arriving from Barnsley in the summer of 2007.
The former Blackburn man has been Vale's stand-out performer this season and is top scorer with 16 goals this term
Port Vale are thought to have rejected a couple of offers for their captain during the loan window in March and there is sure to be no shortage of takers for the 29-year-old this summer.