Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is hoping his request to sign a left-winger will be answered.
However, the man in question is not a footballer, but former Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
The Black Cats have confirmed that they have held talks with the 45-year-old South Shields MP, who was beaten in the Labour leadership race by brother Ed, over a non-executive role with the club amid reports that he is to become vice-chairman.
"I did ask for a left-winger. If it comes off, then fantastic," said Bruce. "He's down the road in South Shields and in the area, and we would welcome him on board. If that's going to happen, it would be fantastic for the club.
"It just lifts the brand and what we are trying to achieve, and it might give a little more street cred, if that's the right word, to what we are trying to do."