Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is desperate to retain the services of rising starlet David Hoilett, and has even spoken to the Canadian's parents in an attempt to hold him down.
The 21-year-old has attracted attention on the wing for the Lancashire club, and talks are planned for the coming days to agree a new deal.
Blackburn have been wavering over the signing of Argentine striker Pavone, and Hoilett may be the reason for this hesitation.
During his two seasons at Ewood Park, Hoilett has emerged as a pacey contender. Although of Canadian origin, he is also eligible to play for England and Jamacia.
"I had a great talk with his mum and dad in Toronto," confirmed Kean. "He has since received an offer of a very good healthy contract and the signs are that it is progressing well."
The forward's record has improved with age, and experience after being loaned out to two German sides, but the new contract may be a sign that Rovers feel Hoilett is now ready to play a bigger role for the senior side.
Having faced both Manchester United and Chelsea in important games last season, the 5ft 8in star found the net on five occasions last term, as he continues his development which began in Blackburn's academy back in 2003.