Blackpool are hopeful of sealing a deal for Stoke's Andy Wilkinson.
The 23-year-old defender - who enjoyed a loan stint at Bloomfield Road last term - is being lined up for another temporary deal, but with a view to a permanent transfer in January.
The Tangerines almost captured Wilkinson last week before the transfer window closed, but Stoke could not let him leave having just sold Danny Higginbotham and his replacement Jody Craddock ineligible to face parent club Wolves.
Now Craddock is free to play, Wilkinson will be allowed to leave after this weekend - when Football League clubs can again loan players.
"We weren't far off getting Andy Wilkinson here and there's hopefully something we can still do," boss Simon Grayson told the Blackpool Gazette.
"I think the reason we didn't get him last week was more down to the fact that Stoke couldn't get players in and had injuries for the weekend.
"We were close but it didn't quite get over the line, like one or two others.
"We won't go back in straight away when the loan market reopens. There is no point bringing somebody in then because we don't play for a week."