Derby County boss Billy Davies has confirmed his interest in signing Sunderland striker Jon Stead on loan.
The Rams are keen to boost their attack after losing Canadian veteran Paul Peschisolido for up to six weeks with a thigh injury.
With Steve Howard and Arturo Lupoli left at Davies's disposal in his striking department, the former Preston North End manager has identified the 23-year-old as a loan target.
"We're very keen to bring Jon Stead to Derby," Davies told the Derby Evening Telegraph.
"From what I understand, the player has got a number of options and it's very much up to him.
"I think Derby would provide him with a good opportunity to show what he can do.
"It would be a good place for him to come and continue to develop his career.
"We've been in touch with Sunderland and have done all we can do. It's very much a case of waiting to hear the player's decision."
The former Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers marksman is out of favour at The Stadium of Light, despite manager Roy Keane claiming last month that he was not interested in letting Stead leave on loan.
However, with Rory Delap joining Championship rivals Stoke City on loan from The Black Cats this week, Keane may be looking to trim his squad further by allowing Stead to go to Pride Park.