Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson admits he is yet to decide if he will try to sign Yakubu Aiyegbeni on a permanent basis.
Yakubu joined the Foxes on loan from Everton until the end of the season during the January transfer window.
Everton are reportedly ready to sell Yakubu this summer as David Moyes looks to cash in on the Nigerian.
Eriksson is yet to hold talks with Everton about signing Yakubu and he fears Leicester's failure to make the play-offs could make it difficult to persuade the forward, and fellow loanee Diomansy Kamara, to make the move permanent.
"I don't know yet, maybe we will try (to sign Yakubu), maybe not. We have to start to talk about that," Eriksson told the Leicester Mercury.
"Players like Yakubu and Kamara, they wanted the play-offs and Premier League, and I understand that, so we will have to see.
"Being in the Championship may make it tough to sign those two but, taking in really good players, I am still fairly optimistic we will find a good squad.
"I think football players will know what we want to do, what we are planning to do."
Eriksson has been impressed with Yakubu during his time at the Walkers Stadium with the former Middlesbrough forward netting 10 goals in 19 appearances.
"He is a goalscorer and the goal he scored at Doncaster was a typical Yakubu goal," added Eriksson.
"When he gets his chance, he is very quick to finish."