Ross County are leading the chase to land Queen of the South star Dan Pybus, according to TEAMtalk sources.
The 23-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the top players in the Scottish Championship.
Ross are now keen to land him, although Championship rivals Dunfermline and Dundee are keen to bolster their promotion pushes by also signing him.
We also understand his former club Bradford City are keen along with League Two rivals Mansfield and Bolton.
Pybus had his contract terminated by mutual consent in April 2018 at Valley Parade. The Sunderland youth player joined the Bantams 12 months previously after leaving the Black Cats without making a first-team appearance.
He made only two league appearances for the Bantams, but he has since established himself in Scotland.
Bradford interim managers Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars know all about Pybus, but they do have plenty of midfield options. The pair have also added goalkeeper Will Huffer and signed winger Jordan Stevens on loan from Leeds.
The rejuvenated Bantams are believed to be targeting attacking players and a move for Pybus may not be at the top of their January list.
Mansfield and Bolton also have an interest, but such are the limitations now on those clubs due to the salary capping restrictions, they will find it hard to compete financially with Scottish clubs.