Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly fighting it out for Egyptian striker Hossam Mido's services.
The 23-year-old performed impressively in his 18-month loan spell at White Hart Lane from January 2005.
But he has since returned to parent club Roma, turning down the opportunity to join Blackburn Rovers in favour of resurrecting his career at the Stadio Olimpico.
Despite his apparent desire to remain in Serie A the links with English sides refuse to die down.
Rumours of a rift with coach Luciano Spalletti have fuelled the speculation, and the Italians have refused to rule out the possibility that he may return to England.
With the transfer deadline looming large on Thursday, Glenn Roeder and Martin Jol's men could yet make loan move for the Giallorossi striker.
Egypt meanhwhile have called the frontman up to their 22-man squad for the opening qualifier of the 2008 African Cup of Nations against Burundi on Saturday.