Birmingham City could miss out on a second big name signing if reports prove true that long-time Blues target David Nugent is set to sign for Sunderland.
On the day when one high-profile name on Blues manager Steve Bruce's summer shopping list, Mark Viduka, completed his move to Newcastle, there is a serious danger that the North-east might now also prove the destination for Nugent.
Sunderland boss Roy Keane is understood to have put in a bid for Nugent, who particularly impressed him in the three victories Preston North End enjoyed over the Wearsiders last season.
But the Preston striker, more preoccupied for the next fortnight with winning a medal for England in the Under-21 European Championships, insists he will not make any decision on his future until his season is finally over.
"Every time I pick up a paper I'm linked with a different club," he said. "I'm going to be playing football all summer. And I'll have a think about it when I get back."
Apart from Nugent and Viduka, who appears to have opted to join Newcastle from Middlesbrough largely on geographical grounds, Blues have so far also been linked with the usual crop of other names.
Ecuador's Carlos Tenorio is one reported target, along with much-travelled duo Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, a free agent after an unsuccessful year with Charlton, and Francis Jeffers, who is expected to be on the move again from Blackburn.
It is hardly surprising that Blues boss Bruce is concentrating most of his efforts on landing a prize striker this summer.
Having lost loan man Nicklas Bendtner back to Arsenal, and having opted not to offer Andy Cole a longer term deal, Bruce has only three strikers to supplement last term's top scorer Gary McSheffrey.
Of them, Rowan Vine and Cameron Jerome, have yet to kick a ball in the Premiership. And, although Mikael Forssell is a proven success in the top flight, there are serious doubts as to whether he will ever again be the force he once was.
Following the collapse of his proposed move to Hannover last month, it is hard to predict how his career will now fathom out.
Forssell, so unlucky with injuries over the past three seasons, has at least kept his toe in the water on the international front after falling out of favour at Blues in the closing weeks of the season.
After starting in Finland's weekend home defeat to Serbia, he came on a substitute for the closing minutes of Wednesday's Euro 2008 win over Belgium in Helsinki.