Nottingham Forest hope to extend the loan of former Huddersfield Town defender Jack Hunt from Crystal Palace.
The 24-year-old has made 19 appearances for Stuart Pearce’s misfiring team.
He is now back at Palace, who paid Town £2m in August 2013 but have yet to field him in a first-team game.
The 24-year-old right-back broke an ankle during an early training session with the Selhurst Park side.
Ian Holloway, the manager who signed him, then departed, and successor Tony Pulis loaned him to Barnsley.
It was also Pulis who sanctioned the loan to Forest, who are under a transfer embargo for breaching Financial Fair Play.
An extension would be allowed, and Pearce said: “We will have a chat with Hunt’s people.
“Obviously the managerial situation at Palace has changed but we speak to them and see which way we will move forward.”
Town academy product Hunt made 121 appearances for the club.
Meanwhile Southampton are the latest club to be linked with his former Town teammate Jordan Rhodes.
Town stand to pocket 20% of any profit made by the Lancashire club, who paid them £8m for Rhodes in August 2012.
The 24-year-old has bagged 60 goals for Blackburn after scoring 87 in three seasons at Town.
Rhodes, who was a £400,000 purchase from Ipswich Town in 2009, has also been linked with QPR and Real Sociedad.
Back in the summer, he signed a new Rovers contract which runs until 2019.
Brentford are closing in on highly-rated Rangers midfielder Lewis MacLeod.
A fee of around £1m is reported to have been agreed.
Former Rangers captain David Weir, assistant manager at Brentford, is thought to have recommended the 20-year-old.