Nottingham Forest are weighing up a move to sign free agent Ravel Morrison with Derby County also in the frame.
The Rams could have the edge in the chase, according to Football Insider, with Wayne Rooney having seen first hand at Manchester United what the player is capable of.
Forest are in the market for some creativity this month.
Morrison would represent a cheap option, having recently been released by Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag.
The former United player is something of an enigma and it’s fair to say he’s failed to fulfill his potential.
He left Old Trafford in 2012 and has spent time with West Ham, Birmingham, QPR, Cardiff, Lazio, Ostersund, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.
Morrison typically operates in midfielder but is also capable of playing as a No.10.
Derby are in a worse situation than Forest and with their takeover still pending, signing players is currently tricky.
Chris Hughton has a plethora of options available to him but has made no secret of his desire to add some creativity.
Could Morrison be a decent City Ground signing?
Wherever the 27-year-old rocks up, he’s going to have to prove himself.
He has earned rave reviews from Sir Alex Ferguson in the past but his record speaks for itself – and not in a good sense.
At 27 he should be in his prime but instead he is going from club to club without ever really playing much football.
Ferguson described Morrison as ‘better than Rooney’, with Rio Ferdinand telling the tale of what the United boss said to him one day.
Things haven’t worked out for Morrison though and ultimately that makes him a risk.
Forest could do with someone to come in and make an instant impact and that might not be Morrison.
However, he could be something of a risk-free addition for the Reds.
He’d likely accept a short-term deal at the City Ground and the club could make him work for an extension.
Forest aren’t going to be chasing promotion this season and might be limited over who they can attract.
Morrison will know he has running out of chances and would have something to prove to his next club.
Rooney will undoubtedly hold the aces at Derby and in hindsight Forest might be better off giving the Rams a free run.
If he does check in at the City Ground, however, it would be an intriguing signing to say the least.