Derby County manager Billy Davies is hoping he has done enough to persuade on-loan striker Jonathan Stead to sign for the Rams permanently in January's transfer window.
The 23-year-old arrived at Pride Park from Sunderland in October and has netted three times in 12 appearances.
Davies is keen to keep hold of the former England Under-21 international, who had fallen down the pecking order at Sunderland prior to his loan move.
"I've had a good chat with him and explained my feelings," he told the Northern Echo.
"We just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope something can be done.
"I'm convinced this is the right place for him, but we can only do what we can do.
"We can offer him the club we are, the facilities we have and the potential that is here and hope he buys into where we are trying to go as regards to ambition."