Aberdeen are set to launch a bid for Livingston midfielder Scott Pittman in the summer.
It is understood boss Derek McInnes tried to land the 26-year-old in the January window, only to be put off by Livi’s £175,000 asking price.
Pittman only has a year left on his deal with the Lions and would reinforce the Dons midfield should out-of-contract stars Graeme Shinnie and Gary Mackay-Steven opt to turn down new contracts and leave Pittodrie.
Pittman has made 36 appearances for Livi this season, scoring in Aberdeen’s dramatic last-gasp 3-2 home win against Gary Holt’s team earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, McInnes thinks the international break has “come at a good time” as the Dons seek to address their home hoodoo.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Livi was the sixth Premiership game at Pittodrie on the bounce where the Reds have failed to win.
They missed the chance to make up ground on second-placed Rangers, who also drew, 1-1 with Kilmarnock, and have repeatedly struggled to break down teams who come to the Granite City to sit in.
Among the disappointing results since the last home league win – against Hearts on December 22 – was a 2-0 loss to relegation battlers Hamilton.
McInnes said: “The break’s come at a good time for us. We will dust ourselves down, there will be eight games to go, plenty to play for when we come back.
“We aim to improve our home form to make it the season we want it to be.”
The manager thinks a fully fit Greg Stewart could be the key to unlocking stubborn visiting defences.
January signing Stewart, on loan from Birmingham, has had a stop-start time with injury since returning for a second spell at Pittodrie, and McInnes has been open about the fact his recent appearances have come despite him not being 100%.
He came off the bench against the Lions, while Connor McLennan (knee) and Scott McKenna (thigh) started the match with injury problems.
McKenna could miss Scotland’s Euro 2020 opener with Kazakhstan on Thursday as a result of his exertions at the weekend.
Andy Considine (calf) failed a fitness test on Saturday, meaning McKenna had to play, while Gary Mackay-Steven and Shay Logan are also out at the moment.
McInnes hopes to have more players ready for action by the next league game – at Tynecastle on March 30.
He said: “There are a few boys patched up who I need to get back out there.
“I need to get Greg Stewart back for these types of games.
“He needs the rest and I’m going to need to get him shutdown for the next 7-10 days. Where he can come back and be ready to come back full pelt.
“In these games we need that little bit of inspiration from him.
“Hopefully Niall (McGinn) comes through the international games (with Northern Ireland)unscathed.
“We pulled Connor out already (from Under-21s) because of a knee issue affecting his training.
“He’s made himself available.”
Some of the Aberdeen squad will be prescribed rest over the coming days, but others are set to be put through their paces.
McInnes said: “We’ll give certain boys a little jag with some fitness work.
“To get them more ready to come in and get involved when we come back.”