Blackburn Rovers are interested in taking Adam Armstrong back to Ewood Park.
The Newcastle United forward helped the club win promotion to the Championship during a half-season loan.
And Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray says Armstrong and Middlesbrough's Harry Chapman, another former loanee, are "in the mix" this summer.
“I think they are very much still very much in the mix,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“I don’t think we should be talking about other teams’ players, but I have had some conversations with their clubs.
“We have lists and they are not, and have not been, at the top of those lists.
“They are two young boys and I think it’s right that they are not right at the top of the lists, because if we are to be competitive in this division then we need players who have more experience, more goals and game-time in the league and understanding of it that bit better.
“Sometimes targets drift away, someone buys them for £7million and you think ‘wow’.”
Armstrong is away in Portugal with his Newcastle team-mates.
The 21-year-old came off the bench against Porto last weekend and is likely to get another run-out against Braga tomorrow night.
Armstrong – who helped England's Under-21s win the Toulon Tournament this summer – spoke about his future earlier this month while in Ireland.
“For me, it’s taking every day as it comes,” said Armstrong, who has made 21 first-team appearances for Newcastle.
“I’m training hard. No-one’s said I’m going out on loan or leaving or staying. I’ve just got to keep on working every day and showing the gaffer what I can do.”