Salford City are looking to win the race for in-demand midfielder Jason Lowe, TEAMtalk understands.
The League Two side are again believed to be willing to invest heavily in their squad, and former Blackburn and Bolton star Lowe is next on their list.
Blackpool and Fleetwood Town have also approached the 28-year-old, who left Bolton at the end of the season after his contract expired.
Now TEAMtalk understands that Salford boss Graham Alexander has moved to try and secure the former Bolton captain and they are favourites to clinch his signature.
In February he told the Bolton News he was solely focused on helping Bolton and refused to commit to the relegated club.
“I can’t really worry about that right now – it’s for other people to control,” he said.
“As a player you are in the dressing room and you’re working with the gaffer and the staff trying to come up with a plan to win games. That is my job.
“If I am distracted by what is happening elsewhere or worrying about the aftermath then I don’t think I am doing my job to the best of my ability.”
Lowe has 184 Championship appearances to his name and he is the experienced head that Alexander is looking for to anchor his midfield.
Salford finished 11th in League Two with the season ending early due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Class of 92-owned club are aiming higher next season.