Portsmouth are pondering a move to bring Gary O'Neil back to Fratton Park from Middlesbrough, skysports.com understands.
Pompey are set to enter the transfer market next month to bring in a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Lassana Diarra.
O'Neill, who came through the ranks at Portsmouth, is believed to be on their list of targets for midfield reinforcements.
The 25-year-old remains a big fans' favourite at Fratton Park after enjoying nine successful years at the club before moving to Middlesbrough in 2007.
O'Neil's future at Middlesbrough has been the subject of conjecture in the past, with the player previously admitting to struggling to settle in the North East.
Boro could reluctantly listen to offers for O'Neil, with Gareth Southgate being forced to sell before he can buy new players.
Southgate could use the money from any potential sale to fund moves for his own transfer targets.
Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson is believed to be a target of Southgate's and he could be an ideal replacement for O'Neil if the player does end up leaving The Riverside.