Peter Taylor says he is interested in David Nugent, although the Crystal Palace chief is aware the Preston hit-man may desire a move to The Premiership.
The North End star is one of The Championship's hottest properties and has recently been linked with a £4 million move to Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth.
However Taylor has earmarked Nugent as the man to replace Andy Johnson and would like to bring the hit-man to Selhurst Park if he can resist the lure of top flight football.
"David Nugent is a player that we are interested in but I feel that he is probably looking to get into The Premiership," Taylor told The Daily Star.
"So we are waiting to see what develops there.
"We have lost some good players so we are trying to get good players to come in."
Redknapp has backed Preston's claims that Portsmouth have not yet tabled for the England Under-21 international, but the Fratton Park boss admits he is a keen admirer of Nugent.
"I like Nugent, he's a terrific player, a very, very good player," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
"But no we've not made an offer or any enquiries at all for David Nugent but he's a good player."
It is the South Coast side who appear the more likely to clinch a deal, with the striker making clear his desire to play in The Premiership.
However Nugent's club of choice would be Everton, who were linked with a move during the January transfer window.
"The Championship is a hard league to get out of but when you see The Premiership you just want to be there so much," said Nugent in The Times.
"It was unbelievable, reading the papers and seeing they [Everton] were interested in me.
"Nothing came of it but it made me want to work even harder and hopefully it'll happen one day.''
Whilst Palace look like missing out on Nugent, The Eagles are also facing up to the prospect of defender Emmerson Boyce leaving Selhurst Park.
Wigan have already had a bid rejected for the former Luton Town man, and chairman Simon Jordan says he is willing to sell the wantaway star, even if it means doing business with rivals and Iain Dowie's new club Charlton.
"Unless he signs a new deal, we will have to cash in on him," said Jordan.
"I don't want to sell him but nor do I want to lose him for nothing next summer.
"Business is business, for that reason I would be prepared to sell to Charlton if they made the highest offer.
"Even though I'd rather not deal with them if I can help it."