HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that Wigan Athletic want to try and bring David Cotterill back to the club from Birmingham City.
Wigan are planning a busy summer recruitment drive at the DW Stadium this summer in the wake of relegation from the Championship.
The likes of Kim Bo-Kyung, Gaetan Bong, Ali Al Habsi, Marc-Antoine Fortune and William Kvist have already left the club, while several other players are expected to move on.
Wigan boss Gary Caldwell has already brought in goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell and midfielder David Perkins on free transfers and he is thought to be lining up a move for Birmingham's Cotterill.
Cotterill had a two-year spell with Wigan in the Premier League during 2006-08, but struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting XI.
The 27-year-old joined Birmingham last summer and he had a successful debut season at St Andrew's scoring nine goals for the Blues as he was a virtual ever-present in the side.
Birmingham are keen to keep hold of the Wales international, but Wigan are ready to test their resolve by making a firm offer for Cotterill, as Caldwell looks to build a side capable of winning promotion back to the Championship at the first of time of asking next season.