Leicester City have confirmed that Championship rivals Sunderland have made an enquiry for defender Alan Maybury.
The Republic of Ireland international is one of several targets for Black Cats manager and chairman Niall Quinn, as the North East club try and boost their ranks before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month.
The former Leeds United and Hearts man has been a regular for The Foxes since joining the Midlands club back in January 2005.
Despite Sunderland's enquiry, manager Rob Kelly stated that Maybury remains a Leicester player for the time being.
"I have been informed by our chief executive Tim Davies that we have received an approach for Alan from Sunderland," Kelly told Leicester's official website.
"Tim is currently speaking to Sunderland on the matter. In the meantime, Alan continues to be a Leicester City player."
The move for Maybury comes as Quinn lost fellow defender Clive Clarke for up to a month with a groin injury.
The 26-year-old only moved to The Stadium of Light from West Ham United in an exchange deal for George McCartney last week before breaking down in Saturday's 3-2 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle.
The former Stoke City trainee lasted just 19 minutes of the contest against The Pilgrims, with Quinn lamenting the defender's injury.
"It's a real blow because we brought him here to cover a problem area on the left," Quinn told Sunderland's official website.
"He'll be out for about four weeks."