Motherwell and Aberdeen are hoping to land Nick Blackman on loan once his long-term future has been resolved.
The Blackburn striker spent the first half of the 2010/11 campaign with Well, scoring 10 goals during a productive five-month stint.
However, that agreement ended on New Year's Day and he has since returned to Ewood Park.
Rovers are now locked in contract talks with the 21-year-old, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Steve Kean is confident terms will be agreed, but until they are Motherwell and Aberdeen must wait patiently in the wings.
"The thing is not dead and buried with Nick," said Well boss Stuart McCall.
"I would be confident if he came back to Scotland it would be to Motherwell.
"I have spoken to Steve Kean and I've spoken to Nick's agent twice.
"First and foremost they have got to come to an agreement because I think there is a massive difference in what Nick and his agent want and what Blackburn are willing to offer."
McCall added: "I'm an honest person and I expect people to be honest with me. I can only go on what I have been told both by Nick and his agent, if he does come back north of the border it will be back to Motherwell."
Dons manager Craig Brown said: "If Blackburn have an offer which is lucrative from the Championship he might just go there, straight sale.
"Or if he doesn't re-sign for Blackburn, clearly he's still their player and he's available for loan and we would be considered very favourably in that regard.
"If he does sign for Blackburn, they're prepared to lend him to us. They've got more jurisdiction over him if he signs a new contract.
"They can say to him 'you've signed a new contract, our advice is you go to Aberdeen - which I think would be their advice. I hope, anyway."
Meanwhile, Motherwell have decided against renewing the contract of striker Alan Gow, allowing him to leave as a free agent.
The former Rangers man penned a short-term deal in the summer but must now look elsewhere for employment.
McCall admits the decision to let the 28-year-old go was tough, but he feels he had to make the call for the good of the club.
"The reason we have released Alan has nothing to do with his ability, it is financial," he said.
"We can strengthen other areas of the team using that wage, and we are looking to bring in players in the near future."