Skysports.com understands Bristol City are tracking Oldham's Neal Eardley as they search for a replacement for wantaway Bradley Orr.
Robins boss Gary Johnson is the market for a new full-back with Orr seeming likely to leave Ashton Gate after being placed on the transfer list.
Orr has been made available for transfer after turning down a new deal at City with his current contract due to expire in the summer.
City could try and sell Orr in the January transfer window rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season meaning a new full-back will be needed to bolster this squad.
Highly-rated Eardley could be the answer for City and the Welsh international is thought to be the top of Johnson's wanted list.
A number of clubs are thought to be monitoring Eardley's situation at Oldham and the Boundary Park outfit would find it hard to turn down any substantial bids for the versatile performer in January.