Fulham boss Mark Hughes is set to renew his interest in Roque Santa Cruz when the January transfer window opens.
The Craven Cottage boss attempted to sign Santa Cruz - who he managed at Blackburn - during the summer, but is weighing up a second approach for the unsettled Manchester city forward.
"I'm interested in players of the quality of Roque," Hughes was quoted as saying. "My interest in him before was there for everybody to see.
"Whether we pursue that in January is open to debate. I'm not aware that he's available. That might change. But I don't like discussing players by name before we've actually signed him.
"This time in the transfer window we want to target players quite early so that we are ready to flick the switch when the window opens."
These claims by Hughes are likely to change after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini came out and said he is available to leave the Eastlands outfit in January. Santa Cruz has only played once this season and was recently quoted as saying he wanted to leave City during the next transfer window.
Mancini has a number of other strikers at his disposal. With Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Mario Balotelli all available, Santa Cruz is well behind in the pecking order.
"Roque is a fantastic man and a good player, but he knows the situation here," Mancini said.
"I am very sorry for him because Roque deserves to play every game, because he works very well.
"But it is difficult at the moment. I hope for him that he can go to play for another team, because he deserves this."