Cork City's coffers could be boosted by a six-figure cash injection if discussions with Preston North End bear fruit.
The parties already enjoy a healthy relationship arising from the transfers of Alan Browne, Seán Maguire and Kevin O'Connor to Deepdale but a formal partnership is in the offing.
Peter Ridsdale, best known as the former Leeds United chairman, is at the forefront of negotiations as the trusted advisor to the English Championship club's billionaire owner Trevor Hemmings.
City could do with some investment on the back of a challenging 2019 both on and off the pitch but it remains to be seen what they'll be prepared to cede for a deal to be hatched.
The 2017 double-winners are reeling from significant losses and a tax settlement, forcing a major cull in the playing budget available to manager Neale Fenn in his first full season at the helm.
They start the campaign, kicking off on Friday at home to First Division champions Shelbourne, expected to once again be battling at the wrong end of the table.