Deportivo La Coruña and Newcastle United are leading the chase to take Marcos Llorente on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.
Llorente a fringe figure at Real Madrid this season
The Real youth product has been among the least-used players in Zinedine Zidane's squad this term, making just eight starts in all competitions - chiefly in the Copa del Rey - and featuring for only 237 minutes so far in LaLiga.
Club chiefs are thought to be keen for the defensive midfielder, 23, to gain regular first-team football elsewhere during the second half of the campaign, but both player and coach are said to be less enthusiastic about a January move.
Betis and Alavés also eyeing midfielder
Real Betis and Deportivo Alavés, where Llorente enjoyed a successful year-long spell last season, are also interested. Indeed, Betis sought a loan deal for the Spain Under-21 international in the summer, as part of the transfer that took Dani Ceballos in the other direction.