League Two strugglers Grimsby Town are hoping to entice former England international Robbie Fowler to Blundell Park.
Mariners boss Mike Newell is keen to offer the 33-year-old striker, who has made five appearances for Blackburn Rovers this season, a player-coach role.
Town chairman John Fenty said: "A couple of weeks ago the manager had some discussions with Robbie and then he asked me if we could potentially take it forward for Robbie to come in some sort of playing-coaching capacity.
"That's come about because of Mike's friendship with him and also the fact that it had been mooted that Robbie wants to get on to the management ladder.
"Obviously, we saw a potential opportunity here and, after discussing it through with Robbie, it was quite clear that he wants to keep playing at the highest level possible for as long as he possibly can.
"He's now waiting for Blackburn to clarify their position. He's under contract there until (the end of) December. There's a real chance that he gets a contract extension at Blackburn.
"If that doesn't happen, there's a glimmer of a chance that he might come to Grimsby. It wasn't meant to get out. I don't know how it was leaked and to that extent I feel that it needs this clarification."