Notts County are keen on bringing Ben Davies back to Meadow Lane from Derby after the 31-year-old was told he can leave.
Davies, who left the Magpies to join Nigel Clough's Championship team in January 2011, has been told he can leave the Rams after struggling to break into the first-team squad on a regular basis.
And Notts boss Keith Curle, who managed Davies during his time in charge of Chester, would like to see if he can strike a loan deal to bring the him back to the club.
"I know Ben well and he's a great player with great ability," Curle told the Nottingham Post.
"I'm surprised Derby are willing to let him go and it will be a surprise if another Championship club doesn't take him. We would definitely be interested if they didn't."
Davies remains a hero with County fans after helping the Magpies win the League Two title in 2010 and scoring 24 goals in 80 games in the black-and-white stripes.