Nick Barmby has urged his former Liverpool and England team-mate Michael Owen to join him at Hull.
Owen, the country's fourth-highest goalscorer, becomes a high-profile free agent on Wednesday following the expiration of his Newcastle contract.
The 29-year-old ex-Real Madrid striker is likely to attract offers from across Europe but Hull are one of the few English clubs to have publicly declared their interest so far.
Barmby and Owen played in the same Liverpool side that won a cup treble in 2001 and were also together in the England team that memorably thrashed Germany 5-1 later that year.
And Barmby said: "He is a wonderful footballer and it is fantastic for the club to be linked with these players. I'm not sure whether we are close to a deal or close to talking - but that would be fantastic.
"He is 29, still has a burning desire to be in a World Cup squad and whoever gets him - and hopefully it will be us - will have a great asset. It's Michael's decision but it would be fantastic for us and our fans to have someone like him playing for this club."