Charlton manager Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town’s Kieffer Moore next month.
The Addicks chief knows that boosting his firepower is vital in the January transfer window and had identified Moore and Preston’s Eoin Doyle as his top transfer targets.
But Doyle’s short-term future has been put in doubt after reports that he is suffering from a blood clot. His loan deal at Oldham is due to finish after Saturday.
Moore, 25, is on loan at Rotherham United and has scored 13 goals in 24 appearances. But there is a break clause in his deal in January and Tractor Boys chief Mick McCarthy – speaking in November – claimed he would be recalling the player.
McCarthy said: “When he went there I sent him a good luck message, he’s got on with it and scored his goals.
“If he’d scored one and everyone was giving it out to him then I’d be on the phone saying ‘keep going and you’ll get your chance.’ Right now, I’m probably the last person he wants to hear from, other than finding out what he’s going to be doing.
“He’ll be coming back, that’s my view. We’ll see if he can score as many in the Championship. Unless of course someone comes in and offers a bonkers deal for him, I don’t know.”
The 6ft 5ins-tall forward was signed by Ipswich from Forest Green Rovers a year ago for £10,000.
Irishman Doyle, 29, joined Oldham in the summer after his exit from Preston North End and has 12 goals in 17 outings this season.
Bradford and Scunthorpe are also thought to be in the market for the pair.