Gillingham and Tranmere are locked in a race to sign Colchester striker Scott Vernon on loan.
The 26-year-old looks set to leave the Weston Homes Community Stadium on a short-term switch, with both League One sides keen to secure his signature.
Vernon has found first-team opportunities hard to come by with the Us so far this season, although he has scored three times in seven league appearances.
With Gillingham and Tranmere languishing at the wrong end of the table, both sides will be hoping Vernon can improve their fortunes and steer them clear of relegation - although other clubs are also in the hunt for the attacker.
Gills manager Mark Stimson told the club's official website: "He would be a good addition and could be a long-term signing if we can sort something out with Colchester.
"There are four clubs interested in him at the moment so it's the player's decision to make. He's played a reserve game now and he came through that without any problems.
"We know he's interested so we've got a good chance but now it's up to him to make a decision."
Meanwhile, Rovers boss Les Parry said: "We've approached Colchester United for Scott Vernon and are negotiating that.
"I think there are four or five clubs in for him and I think they'll see who will pay what they want towards his wages then give the lad the choice.
"We have made numerous enquiries and had hoped that Nathan Ecclestone from Liverpool would be coming to join us but unfortunately he picked Huddersfield.
"We approached Manchester United for a striker and they want to keep hold of him. But we've still got two irons in the fire."