Middlesbrough's Egyptian striker Mido claims that he is weighing up an approach from Wigan Athletic to join them on a season-long loan.
The 25-year-old struggled with injury for much of his first season with the Teessiders and faces a fight to regain a regular first-team spot.
Mido reportedly told FilGoal: "I was informed that Wigan want to sign me on loan, but they are yet to contact Middlesbrough.
"Wigan coach Steve Bruce admires my abilities. He has tried to sign me when he was in charge of Birmingham and now he has renewed his interest.
"I will take my final decision next week after meeting with Gareth Southgate. He told me that he wants to keep me at the Riverside. I will talk with him to settle on the best choice.
"I seek regular first-team football. Both clubs can offer me equal chances to play on a regular basis. Both of them have very good strikers also.
"But I'm sure I can force my way into the starting eleven of any team once I regain full fitness.
"I may opt to stay at Middlesbrough for the sake of stability. I settled in there after spending a whole season with them, but I won't close the door on a move to Wigan."