Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson will have further talks this week aimed at keeping David Cushley at the club.
The winger is out of contract at the end of this season and has not yet signed the deal put to him during the summer.
Cushley is viewed as Ballymena’s prize asset and there is likely to be plenty of interest in securing his services.
Clubs are now able to approach the player as he is in the last six months of his contract and Times Sport understands that United have already received letters to that effect from Linfield and Crusaders.
Ferguson admits he is unsure on whether Cushley - United’s top scorer this season with 10 goals - will continue at Ballymena, where he has made more than 200 appearances.
“We will speak to David again this week and see what he wants to do - it’s a footballer’s market,” said Ferguson.
“We need to know one way or the other what he wants to do so that we can start thinking ahead.
“If he needs to move forward, we need to move forward. It happens, but we’re hoping it doesn’t happen.
“I need to sit down with some of the Board members and we will have an offer for David and we will see what he thinks about it.
“He’s a player we think highly of, he seems to enjoy his football at Ballymena and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”
Ferguson also refuted suggestions the player could be sold in January rather than leave for free in the summer, adding: “I’m hoping he’ll be here until the end of the season irrespective of his plans.”