Hartlepool United target Andrew Davies is keen to move closer to home - that's the view of Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson.
The defender is on Pools wanted list this summer as Matthew Bates looks to reshape the side which struggled to adapt to life in the National League last season.
Character and experience are two of the main areas Bates and director of football Craig Hignett are looking to strengthen in the Pools ranks next season - and former Middlesbrough defender Davies ticks both of those boxes.
And despite having a year left on his current deal with the recently relegated Scottish Premiership side, Davies could be allowed to depart as a cost cutting measure.
Should that happen, Ferguson is sure the 33-year-old will opt to head back south, much closer to his Teesside roots.
"It’s more down to his mindset," Ferguson told Scottish publication the Press and Journal.
"[He's] looking to get back down the road just with family issues.
"We respect that and what he’s done over the last few years. We’re all bubbling away just now and we need to let it play out.
"He will know in his mind when he comes back where he’s going to be playing his football and it’s highly unlikely that it’s going to be here. But there’s nothing concrete."
The player at present is on holiday and will make a decision when he returns.
At this stage he has left all options open, but Ferguson expects the player to want to leave, despite being contracted until the summer of 2019.
"We spoke to Andrew – he was in the gym before he went on holiday," he continued.
"We know there’s hearsay and bits and bobs of interest from down the road and we just need to wait until he comes back next week.
"He’s been a good player for the club and he was captain of the cup-winning team, so he’s held in high regard.
"The indication we have been given is that he’s wanting to be close to his mum down the road.
"The way we’re planning is we need people in that area of the pitch – we’re comfortable with that and we’re planning accordingly."