Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes revealed the club are trying to land St Johnstone’s Matty Kennedy this month.
Winger Kennedy, 25, has penned a pre-contract to come to Pittodrie in the summer.
However, boss McInnes told BBC Scotland ahead of the Dons late 1-0 Scottish Cup win over League One Dumbarton: “We’ve had enough encouragement from St Johnstone to maybe look do something (in January).
“There’s been a couple of conversations, but I’m always reluctant to speak too much. He’s their player and these negotiations should be spoken about in private, but people know we’ve had a conversation, I can’t deny that.
“But if there’s a way of getting Matty here we’ll do it, if not we’ll wait until summer. He’s a good player, we’re delighted to get him, but he’s not our player yet.”