Galway manager Alan Mulholland has not ruled out making a move for former Kildare star James Kavanagh.
But Mulholland, who said he was surprised to hear that Kavanagh may be transferring to a club in Galway, said that any move would need to work for the Tribesmen and the player himself.
Mulholland said he was in the dark over Kavanagh's intentions after the 27-year-old last week withdrew from Kieran McGeeney's Kildare squad.
Kavanagh is poised for a move to Milltown in Co Galway, having been educated at St Jarlath's College in Tuam where he won an All-Ireland colleges' title as a wing-back in 2002, on a team that included current Galway seniors Michael Meehan, Gary Sice, Alan Burke and Niall Coleman.
"To be honest, I haven't talked to him. That's basically it. I was as surprised as anyone to hear the news," said Mulholland.
On the back of the retirement of Padraic Joyce and Joe Bergin, speculation linking the Ballymore Eustace clubman, who has been twice nominated as an All Star, with a move to the Tribesmen has intensified.
But Mulholland claims he wouldn't entertain such a swoop unless Kavanagh could really make an impact on his squad.
"If he is going to make a difference then we'll have a look at him," he said. "But that has to be the criteria for us to do anything."