Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson is hoping to secure the finances to snare striker Curtis Allen.
Former Linfield and Inverness forward Allen was at the Oval on Thursday as the Glens suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Blues.
Patterson – who is also tracking Portadown striker Kevin Braniff – admits his side has lacked a cutting edge this season – something he hopes to rectify during the January transfer window.
“Curtis Allen is a big interest of ours, as is Kevin Braniff – but finances dictate,” Patterson said.
“I have ambitions, and the coaching staff have ambitions. All I can do is work with the hand I am dealt.
“Curtis was at the game today, and hopefully over the next day or two I will sit down and talk with him. But there is no point holding talks if the money isn’t going to be there.
“I have to speak to the board. We have Ryan O’Neill is going to America to seek work, and we have Jimmy Callacher who is moving across town - so that is wages freed up.
“It all depends on the money we get from Linfield for Jimmy, whether that will be made available. We will have to wait and see.”