Crystal Palace boss Peter Taylor has confirmed his interest in Colchester defender Greg Halford.
The versatile performer, who can also operate in a wide midfield role or as a striker, is unsettled at Layer Road having recently requested a transfer.
Colchester are loath to lose their prize asset and have thus far denied the player his wish but interest is expected to hot up as the transfer deadline draws closer.
Ipswich boss Jim Magilton has also spoken of his admiration but conceded Colchester's likely asking price would prohibit any deal.
Palace would, though, have more financial muscle and it now remains to be seen if they elect to firm up initial interest by lodging a bid.
"We are trying to bring in some players, be it a wide right midfielder or a striker,'' said Taylor.
"I am aware of Greg Halford, he is a player I like and know very well."