HITC Sport understands trio are chasing Crawley ace Payne.
Payne has impressed for Crawley this season, with the former West Ham United man establishing himself as an integral member of Harry Kewell's side.
The 27-year-old's contract with Crawley expires this summer and the news has alerted a number of clubs higher up the football pyramid.
League One MK Dons have held a long-term interest in Payne and scouts from the club are understood to have watched Payne in action against Notts County, as he scored the winning goal from the penalty spot.
Josh Payne in action for Oxford
New MK Dons boss Dan Micciche is looking to add to his squad before the transfer window closes, and he has given the green light for the club to make a move for the former England C International.
League Two promotion hopefuls Notts County are also interested in Payne with Magpies boss Kevin Nolan keen to strengthen his squad as he looks to maintain their push for promotion to League One.
Scottish Premiership side Motherwell are in the market for midfield reinforcements, and they are hoping to lure the versatile midfielder north of the border as they aim to cement a top-six finish in the second half of the season.
Red Devils boss Kewell is keen to keep hold of Payne, however there is a growing concern that the midfielder will leave the club before the transfer window closes next week.