Sky Sports understands that Blackburn Rovers have made an enquiry about the availability of Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines.
The 24-year-old is a product of the academy system at the Riverside Stadium and has spent his entire career to date on Boro's books.
It is believed that Tony Mowbray is keen to tie Hines down to a new long-term deal.
That would suggest that Blackburn's approach will have been given short shrift.
Rovers are, however, determined to find themselves a new centre-half.
It is expected that Scott Dann will soon be heading out of Ewood Park and Steve Kean will need to cover his loss.