New Burnley manager Brian Laws hopes that he will be able to tempt David Nugent into staying at Turf Moor.
The former Preston North End and Bury striker is currently on loan with the Clarets from Portsmouth, but is due to return to Fratton Park later this month.
The most likely scenario would see the 24-year-old extend his loan stay until the end of the season, when Burnley would then decide whether to make arrangement permanent.
Laws said: "David's a terrific player and I tried to nick him from Bury. I had a fight on my hands.
"I was at Scunthorpe and only had £50,000, Preston offered £65,000, and I couldn't raise the extra so I could talk to him.
"But I've watched his career and now he's an established striker, a good one, and we want to keep him here.
"He's a quality player and when you look for a striker who has a goalscoring record in the Premier League and they're available, they're hard to come by.
"When you've found one, keep him and it's important we do. We'll certainly be working very hard with Portsmouth and David and hopefully talk him into staying."