Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams has revealed the club are monitoring Australia international Mark Bresciano, but insists a defensive midfielder is a priority.
Rovers could be lining up a move for Bresciano - an international colleague of Brett Emerton - after scouts watched the attack-minded Palermo midfielder in a pre-season friendly at the weekend.
Bresciano is also believed to be a target of Manchester City manager and former Blackburn boss Mark Hughes.
Williams has confirmed current chief Paul Ince is interested in Bresciano, although a move for a holding player is likely come first.
"He's a player that Paul is monitoring but his absolute priority at the moment is a holding midfield player," Williams told the Lancashire Telegraph.
Bresciano, though, recently announced that he is happy at Palermo and Blackburn could struggle in any attempt to convince the 28-year-old to leave Italy.