Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick has not ruled out a swoop for young Brest striker Nolan Roux this summer.
The 23-year-old is contracted at the Ligue 1 club until June 2013, but has been linked with a move to the Veltins-Arena.
Roux, who scored six goals in 29 appearances for Brest last season, is thought to have a £7.2million price tag on his head.
But Rangnick has revealed Schalke could move for the France Under-21 international if their budget allows.
He told the Rheinische Post: "I've been aware of this player for two years now, and I have already looked at him for some time.
"This is a good player and he is interesting to watch.
"The transfer is tied to several circumstances and definitely the budget. The transfer will only go through if everything is fine and agreed."