Sean O'Driscoll wants to bring David Healy back to Doncaster Rovers following the end of the striker's loan spell at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Healy has returned to Sunderland after scoring twice in eight appearances for Doncaster since joining the Championship club in November.
His contract at the Stadium of Light expires at the end of the season and the 31-year-old is expected to be offloaded after never starting a Premier League game for the club.
Rovers boss O'Driscoll is keen to re-sign the Northern Ireland international and is prepared to wait for Healy to make a decision.
Cards on the table
"He's gone back to Sunderland, but we'd like to keep him," O'Driscoll told the club's official website.
"We've had a chat with David and he is obviously out of contract at Sunderland come the end of the season. The window perhaps gives him an opportunity to get a long-term contract somewhere.
"First of all, he needs to talk to Sunderland to see what they are prepared to do with him; do they want a fee, do they want to let him go - this, that and the other.
"We're just keeping informed and he knows, as we've been up front with him, that I can't guarantee I'll play him week in, week out, as he came because Billy (Sharp) was injured. We have put our cards on the table and been up front and he has been the same. "He wants to look a little bit long term and see what options he has got, which you can understand.
"We can extend his loan at any point during this transfer window, so if anything happens I'd imagine it would be later rather than sooner."