Queens Park Rangers are considering entering the race to sign Dundee forward Greg Stewart.
And third tier Oxford United could also show their hand this week, as the battle to land the in-demand 26-year-old intensifies.
QPR, managed by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, are in the hunt for a right-sided forward, having recently sold Scotland international Matt Phillips to Premier League West Brom.
And Hasselbaink, having had Dundee watched on a number of occasions last season while manager of Burton Albion, due to his long-standing interest in Kane Hemmings, is weighing up a bid for Stewart.
Oxford, who added Hemmings to their ranks in a £250,000 deal a fortnight ago, are also understood to have an interest in Stewart.
Flush with cash from the sales of Callum O’Dowda and Kemar Roofe for around £4.6m and the coffers boosted by record season ticket sales, the U’s are understood to be keen to reunite Stewart with Hemmings.
Dundee boss Paul Hartley admitted over the weekend that the club are expecting interest in Stewart to ramp up.
“There are no new bids. Do I expect them? Possibly,” he said.
“I don’t know what will happen. We have rejected a couple of bids. Will they come back in? I don’t know.”
Stewart, who is currently out with an ankle problem, has been subject to two bids from the English Football League. Both offers, in the region of £300,000 were thrown out by the club, having not met their valuation of the 26-year-old, which is understood to be well below the figure of £1.5 million originally quoted.
Paul explained that Stewart’s Dingwall absence was nothing to do with the fact his future is up in the air. He said it was down to a simple ankle twist in training.
Post-match he explained: “He got injured on Thursday. We felt he was going to be OK but he didn’t train Friday. We expect him to be back on Monday or Tuesday. Hopefully.”
On the match itself — a 3-1 opening-day win — the gaffer was glowing in his praise of his players.
“This is a venue we have struggled with over the last few years. But I felt our discipline was excellent,” he said.
“Defensively as a team we were great — a real solid unit. And when the chances came our way we took them.”