Middlesbrough have had discussions with Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers about striker Jordan Rhodes, BBC Tees Sport understands.
However, the club have refused to comment on reports linking them with the 25-year-old Scotland international.
Rhodes, also linked with loan moves to Norwich and Derby, joined Rovers for £8m from Huddersfield in August 2012.
Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer previously told BBC Radio Lancashire he saw no point in loaning the player to a rival.
The striker, who has 66 goals in 131 games for the Lancashire club, is the nephew of Middlesbrough coach Steve Agnew.