Phil Parkinson says Sunderland have received enquiries for Will Grigg - and has not ruled out allowing the striker to leave before the transfer window closes this week.
Northern Ireland international Grigg joined the Black Cats from Wigan Athletic 12 months ago but, despite his proven track record as a League One goalscorer, his move has not worked out.
The arrival of Kyle Lafferty this month has seen the 28-year-old pushed down the pecking order, and the fact that Grigg has been suffering from a virus has hardly helped.
There is a chance that he could leave Wearside before Friday's transfer deadline, although Parkinson would want to have a replacement lined up before he sanctioned a move.
"I wouldn't say it is 100 per cent that something will not happen for Will [in the window], but at the moment it hasn't," said Parkinson.
"Will and I have had a good chat this week and if nothing happens, he is happy to stay here and fight for his place and make a contribution.
"But equally, if someone comes in for him and we can get another player in and it suited all parties...
"If the window closes and Will is still with us, that's great, he'll get on with it and make sure he contributes between now and the end of the season.
"If something comes up and we feel we can get somebody else in, we'll also look at that.
"We have had phone calls about Will because he has a proven track record."
If Grigg does stay, Parkinson believes the 3-4-3 system Sunderland are now playing would suit him better than the 4-2-3-1 that had been used for much of the striker's stay on Wearside.
He said: "I feel with Will that, given the shape of the team, he wouldn't be so isolated.
"When I first came, and the earlier games I watched, when it was 4-2-3-1 there was a tendency for him to get isolated and you have to run in behind in that system.
"Will needs people around him and the shape we are playing at the moment with the wingbacks high and players in and around the number nine, he would have more people around him to take the weight off him in general play.
"But he has to work hard to get in the team, if he is still here."
Sunderland are also expecting Aiden McGeady to depart this month although at present there does not appear to be a deal in the works.
The former Republic of Ireland international has been told he can find a new club and has been training with the U23s since early December.
Parkinson said: "I always thought that that would go to the wire.
"I haven't spoken to Aiden or his agent - [head of football operations] Richard Hill and [head of recruitment] Tony Coton will be doing that.
"I feel something will happen, but it has to be something that Aiden wants and the clock is ticking."
If there are no takers for McGeady, Sunderland could have a decision to make - either come to a settlement with the player over the remaining 18 months of his contract, or continue to pay him for another six months until he can look for another escape route in the summer.
Asked about the possibility of a settlement being reached with McGeady, Parkinson said: "I haven't had that conversation - we're still hopeful that something might happen."