Sunderland have emerged as the favourites to sign unsettled Manchester United striker Alan Smith.
Black Cats boss Roy Keane is reported to be ready to launch a £7million bid to secure the services of the 26-year-old former Leeds United star.
Keane played with Smith when the pair were both at Old Trafford.
The England international still has two years to run on his Manchester United contract but has already been told he will not be handed a new deal when his current one expires.
He was quoted in Wednesday's Sun as saying: "If they're going to sell me, I'd like to know. But I won't find out unless I get to speak to the manager.
"If you're no longer wanted, then you have to consider your options.
"If the manager tells me he wants me, I'm there for him. If he says he doesn't, it's time to move on.
"He didn't say anything to me at the end of the season. We played the FA Cup final, went home the next day and that was it."
Smith has scored 12 goals in 93 appearances for United since moving to Old Trafford from Leeds three years ago in a £7million deal.
He returned to action towards the end of last season after being sidelined for more than a year with a broken leg and ankle.
Everton, Middlesbrough, Spurs, Aston Villa and Rangers are also reported to be interested in signing the volatile striker.