Leeds United manager Neil Warnock hopes to know by Tuesday whether El Hadji Diouf will sign a permanent contract with the club.
Diouf agreed to link up with the Whites on a non-contract basis earlier this month and he has featured in all four games so far this season.
He made his first start for Leeds in Saturday's 2-1 win at Peterborough United and Warnock wants to retain Diouf on a long-term basis.
Reports claim the 31-year-old is wanted by clubs abroad and Warnock is waiting to learn the outcome of talks in his bid to hang on to the Senegal attacker.
Warnock said: "We have held talks and with him being on a non-contract he can be released early next week if we don't sign him and he is free to talk to other clubs.
"I hope we can give him some sort of offer that is acceptable to him before Tuesday."
Meanwhile, Warnock confirmed he is not expecting to make any further permanent signings before Friday's deadline following a busy summer of transfer activity at Elland Road.
He added: "We won't be buying anybody. I think the most you can expect is a loan player if we can, getting into September."