Cardiff have confirmed they have made an approach for Manchester United striker Alan Smith.
The Bluebirds have enquired about taking Smith on loan to Ninian Park to boost their striking options.
United are thought to be considering loaning out Smith as he tries to regain his peak fitness after a serious ankle injury.
Smith returned to action in August after recovering from the horrific broken ankle he picked up in the FA Cup defeat to Liverpool last February.
The former Leeds man has struggled to break into Sir Alex Ferguson's first team plans since recovering from the injury with Smith making just four appearances in the first team.
Cardiff are hoping the prospect of regular first team action might persuade Smith to make the step down into The Championship.
However, United and Smith have both still to decide whether to agree to the switch or not.
Smith's agent Alex Black told skysports.com that the player is keen to fight for his place at Old Trafford, while it would come as something of a surprise if United decided to let the striker leave as they are short of options in attack with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer injured and Giuseppe Rossi already out on loan at Newcastle.