Scottish rivals Kilmarnock and Hibernian are vying to sign Northern Ireland international Jamie Mulgrew.
The Linfield midfielder has emerged as a target for the two Scottish Premier League clubs, who are keen to snap him up on a Bosman-style free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.
The two Scottish teams also face competition from newly-promoted MLS side Portland Timbers, who want to lure Mulgrew across the Atlantic.
The 24-year-old was Linfield's player of the year last season, but after playing a starring role in the Blues’ title push last season, Mulgrew had become increasingly frustrated by his lack of game time since the turn of the year.
Ironically though, he was back in the team on Saturday and showed his class, scoring a fine goal in Linfield’s 4-0 victory over Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.
The former Glentoran enforcer, who joined Linfield six years ago, is now thought to be considering a fresh challenge elsewhere and knows he could quadruple his wages by moving to Scotland in the summer.
Meanwhile, in the Carling Premiership tonight the race for a place in the top six after the league split really hots up.
In-form Portadown could edge back into the top half if they take all three points against an inconsistent Cliftonville side at Shamrock Park.
A move up the table for Ronnie McFall’s men will depend on how their local rivals, Glenavon fare.
The Lurgan Blues host Lisburn Distillery — still very much in the hunt themselves — at Mourneview Park, hoping to build on a hard earned draw against Glentoran.