Oldham boss John Sheridan has spoken of his desire to land Sean Gregan on a permanent basis, with the club's managing director Simon Corney having confirmed the player is interested in a move to Boundary Park.
Gregan has returned to parent club Leeds, after an immaculate loan spell at Oldham, where is hoping to thrash out a financial settlement on the final six months of his Elland Road contract.
Leeds boss Dennis Wise has informed the former West Brom and Preston defender that he has no future at the club, despite their current struggles in the Championship.
News of Gregan's availability has alerted several other clubs, with the likes of Hull and Doncaster Rovers both thought to be in the chase to land his signature when he leaves Leeds.
Sheridan admits Gregan has played a major role in his side's march to second in League One but should he fail to land his man, he is still confident that fit-again Stefan Stam is a more than adequate replacement.
"I've made it clear I want Sean at this club as he's a big asset for us and if that happens, it happens," he told the club's official website.
"At this moment in time, I'm looking for Stammy to come in and play, and I'm very confident he'll do well."
While Corney is quietly confident a deal can be struck, he admits any transfer would not be completed before the weekend FA Cup game at Wolves.
"I have spoken to Sean and he is keen to come here, but whether he does is out of his hands and down to Leeds," Corney told the Oldham Evening Chronicle.
"I would say it is unlikely that anything will happen by the weekend, but in football things can change quickly."
Meanwhile, Oldham's rookie defender Neal Trotman has joined Halifax Town until the end of the season as he looks to garner experience of first team football.