St Johnstone manager Owen Coyle says Ryan Stevenson's extended loan period at Ayr United could turn into a permanent transfer in January.
Ryan Stevenson has scored twice for Ayr
"I have told Ryan I don't want to lose him but that I wouldn't stand in his way," Coyle told Saints' website.
"And he has come back and said that he thinks a move away would be best."
Having been consigned to Saints' subs bench, the 22-year-old midfielder moved to Ayr and has so far made four appearances, scoring twice.
Stevenson, who joined St Johnstone after leaving Chelsea in 2002, had been a regular with the First Division side until recent months.
He will remain with Second Division Ayr at least until 31 December.