Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll has confirmed he has been given permission to speak to Oldham striker Lee Hughes.
O'Driscoll is eager to add a proven goalscorer to his Rovers ranks and has earmarked Hughes as the man to fire the club to Championship safety.
Hughes' 14 goals to date have played a huge part in Oldham's bid for promotion from League One but the cash-strapped Latics have conceded the right bid for any of their players could trigger a sale.
Oldham have offered Hughes, whose existing contract expires in the summer, a new deal that would make him the club's highest paid player but as yet there has been no positive response.
Hughes has a release clause in his contract set at £400,000 but there have been no details as to whether that figure has been met by Doncaster's offer.
"I have permission to speak to Lee from Oldham," O'Driscoll is quoted in the Daily Mail.
"He's out of contract in the summer and it's ongoing."