Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed his interest in signing Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
Sky Sports revealed before the Reds' Carling Cup final victory that Boro were keen on signing the England Under-21 international.
The deal has been delayed by a number of issues, but Mowbray is hopeful he can conclude a move for Shelvey.
"I think there is a possibility of something happening on that, but I'm very wary of going on record about another club's footballer because Kenny Dalglish is keeping his squad intact and protecting his football club," said Mowbray.
"If that changes then there might be a situation where Shelvey will have choices. From what I'm hearing he's got lots of choices in the Championship.
"So let's wait and see. I think if that young boy goes on loan somewhere and if it's Middlesbrough, if he gets that opportunity, then we would welcome a boy with his talent. If he goes somewhere else then we would wish him well."
Shelvey impressed during a loan stint at Blackpool earlier in the season and Boro's Championship rivals remain hopeful that they could re-sign him.
Pool boss Ian Holloway said: "If I was going to get anyone in at the moment, I would try and get Jonjo Shelvey because we have already had him and I know what the lad is capable of. I really like him.
"He made a big impression when he was here and he wouldn't have gone back had there not been an injury at Liverpool (to Brazilian midfielder Lucas).
"We'll keep monitoring it and hope that we might be able to get something done."