Sunderland boss Roy Keane is mulling over the possibility of sending Anthony Stokes out on loan.
The 19-year-old has not been able to establish himself as a regular starter for the Black Cats this season and has not figured at all in the last three games.
Keane is eager for Stokes to play more frequently and is ready to let him go on a temporary basis.
"I've said many times before that Anthony's a young man and we can't expect too much, too soon, from him," Keane told the club's official website.
"We are all in danger of that, especially when players come to Sunderland. But he is learning his trade and a few games in the reserves will do him no harm.
"If he had to go out and get some other games at a Championship or League One club, I don't think it would do him any harm.
"We've had an enquiry about him regarding a loan move and I'm weighing it up. The problem is we haven't got the biggest of squads."
A trio of Sunderland youngsters, meanwhile, are to be released at the end of the season.
Republic of Ireland Under 19 international Gavin Donoghue, versatile midfielder Jake Richardson and winger Billy Dennehy have all been told their contracts will not be renewed in the summer.