Hibernian boss Mixu Paatelainen admits he would welcome the opportunity to sign Derek Riordan.
The striker is currently out of favour at SPL champions Celtic, with a bid of around £250,000 expected to be enough to tempt the Hoops into a sale.
As a self-confessed Hibs supporter, and having previously enjoyed a five-year stint at Easter Road, the one-cap Scotland international is likely to favour a return to his roots.
Paatelainen still needs to persuade his board to release the necessary funds, but the Finnish coach is hoping to strike a deal before Monday's transfer deadline.
"I like Derek. He's a fantastic footballer and he's a goalscorer who did very well for Hibs when he was here," the Hibs boss told the Daily Record.
"He's a Hibs fan and everybody knows that but at this moment in time he is a Celtic player so I can't go too much into it.
"But he is a goalscorer and every manager likes goalscorers. We're hoping to strengthen the striking department and whoever comes in, we hope it's the right one.
"There are funds to bring in players and we'll have to wait and see whether it's Riordan or somebody else."
Paatelainen has made no secret of his desire to boost the club's firepower this summer, but insists that is no reflection on the form of Steven Fletcher.
The Scotland international has endured a disappointing start to the new season, failing to find the target in four competitive outings, but his manager is confident the goals will come.
"I'd rather Steven was scoring now but the goals will come," said Paatelainen.
"He's working so hard and it's something we've highlighted. He had a tremendous game against Morton (in the CIS Cup on Tuesday) and his movement was excellent.
"Steven needs a tap-in and the ketchup bottle will open but he's a finisher, no question. At the moment, it's just not happening and it's tough to put your finger on but I've spoken to him and he's not panicking. Steven's a very calm lad and realises he gets into the right positions.
"There is no problem there at all and I can tell him it happens to every striker. He's only had four games, so there is no problem."