Clinton Morrison, the Birmingham City striker, could be the subject of a bidding war between Sheffield United and Southampton who both want his services.
Morrison has become disillusioned with his lack of firstteam opportunities and appears to have slipped down the pecking order at St Andrew's now that Walter Pandiani and Mikael Forssell have been signed on permanent deals.
Harry Redknapp, the Southampton manager, has denied rumours that he is trying to sign Morrison but he has expressed an interest - and he dropped big hints that Sheffield United are also interested.
Rumours of a £2 million transfer are, however, incorrect. It is more likely that Morrison will fetch about £1 million. The Republic of Ireland striker joined Birmingham from Crystal Palace for £4.25 million in July 2002.
"It is not easy to find quality strikers," Redknapp said. "Everyone is looking for them. We sold Peter Crouch [former Aston Villa striker] for £7 million [to Liverpool] and if you spend, say, £1 million on a replacement then he will be a seventh as good.
"Morrison would be one we might look at but I think Sheffield United are preparing a big bid. I would not think anyone would pay the £2 million reported but I think Sheffield United have made an offer."
Morrison is considering his future at St Andrew's as he is likely to be behind Emile Heskey, Pandiani and Forssell in the queue for a place in the starting line-up.
Morrison, now 26, has scored 14 Premiership goals in 86 appearances but nearly half of those appearances have come as a substitute. He began last season by producing, by his own admission, the best form of his career but he sustained an injury and struggled to acquire a permanent place in the team.
Martin Taylor, the Birmingham defender who spent most of last season out of the starting line-up, has been linked with a move to Celtic.
The 25-year-old centreback has made just 19 Premiership appearances for Birmingham since joining the club for £1.25 million from Blackburn Rovers in January 2004 and only seven of those came last season.