Watford are among the clubs weighing up the risk of offering Emmanuel Adebayor a route back into football.
Adebayor has been without a club since Tottenham cancelled the final year of his contract in September and he is keen to re-launch his career in the Barclays Premier League.
The 31-year-old can sign for another English club in January and is sure to attract interest if he can prove he is in the right physical and mental shape for the top flight.
Watford, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and West Ham made enquiries in the summer, but at that time he still had to be bought out of the final year of his lucrative Spurs deal.
Adebayor realises he will not be able to command the six-figure weekly wage he was on at White Hart Lane.
He will also be expected to prove his fitness before anyone signs him, but is an attractive short-term option for any club in need of a goals boost, either to avoid relegation, lift them into a European place or bridge an injury crisis.
Watford are committed to first-choice strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney but are interested in adding depth to this area of the squad. The idea may even appeal to Chelsea if they can wriggle out of the loan deal for Radamel Falcao.
Galatasaray are interested but Adebayor rejected Besiktas in the summer, and would prefer to stay in England and, if possible, in London.