Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws is hoping to win the chase for Port Vale striker Akpo Sodje.
The powerful forward is tipped to leave Vale Park after scoring 16 goals in 53 appearances since joining from Darlington last year.
He is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been offered the chance of Championship football by Wednesday.
But Owls manager Laws' former club Scunthorpe United are also in the hunt for Sodje, who has also been linked with an unnamed Premier League side.
Laws is also aiming to tie up a deal for the front man's brother Sam Sodje of Reading before Friday's transfer deadline.
"We have been talking to Reading regarding Sam Sodje, and we are going to try and do something with that one," Laws told Sky Sports News.
"The other Sodje, who is at Port Vale, is a big striker. We are down on numbers with strikers.
"We highlighted those in pre-season and the fact we have got a little bit of money to spend helps us to achieve our goals."
Commenting on his efforts to add to his squad, Laws continued: "We're really working feverishly away, but so are lots of other teams.
"There isn't a great deal of quality out there that will enhance the team, so we've got to be very prudent and we've got to be very careful.
"One thing is for sure, we will certainly be trying to bring those bodies in just to strengthen the team and to give everybody a little bit more of a lift."