Everton are set to step their interest in Arsenal's Francis Jeffers after their opening day defeat at Highbury.
Owner Bill Kenwright has held talks with his close friend and Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein about taking England striker Jeffers back to Goodison Park.
Everton hoped to take Jeffers on a season-long loan deal before considering a permanent move.
But Arsenal are understood to want to strike a £3m deal with Everton before agreeing to allow Jeffers to leave.
Jeffers may still, however, get his dream move back to the club he left for £10m two seasons ago.
Arsenal and Everton have a close boardroom relationship and Everton may be allowed to take Jeffers on loan providing they give cast-iron assurances about a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Jeffers has already indicated both publicly and privately that he would jump at the chance to re-join Everton and a move could still be completed before the transfer window closes.
Everton boss David Moyes said: "We've got a few players that I'd like to bring in before the transfer deadline. At present, we haven't had any additions to the squad.
"All I can say is that our deputy chairman Bill Kenwright and Arsenal
vice-chairman David Dein are very good friends, but our budget is very limited."