If Nottingham Forest want to make a move for Hull City winger Kamil Grosicki, then the transfer door is being left ajar.
Those at the KCOM Stadium would prefer to slam it shut, but that is not an option at present.
Tigers boss Grant McCann concedes that there may be departures over the coming weeks.
Star man Jarrod Bowen is generating the most speculation, with Arsenal the latest to be linked with a big-money approach.
Grosicki, though, is another who has edged towards the exits.
Whether he steps through remains to be seen.
As does his next destination if the decision is taken to open a new chapter in his career.
The Sun reported back in May that Forest are among his suitors.
Admittedly, a lot has changed since then.
Martin O’Neill is no longer at the City Ground, with Sabri Lamouchi having inherited the reins.
He will have his own targets in mind.
Would the Pole even be keen on a switch?
We have no answers at present, but the option is there to test the resolve of a Championship rival.
McCann has said in the Hull Daily Mail: “If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, then brilliant.
“That’s us, we do not want to lose anyone. I have not seen Kamil yet, obviously because we have given him an extra couple of weeks – him and Markus – to recuperate and be back fresh.
“At this level of football and when people have good years, there is always interest. But honestly, it is like any football club. I saw it last year at Doncaster when there was in interest in John Marquis, Ben Whiteman or whoever it may be.
“It is going to be no different here. Obviously, with me working closely with Lee (Darnbrough) and Ehab (Allam) and the chairman here at the football club, it is making sure if anything did happen, we have got a plan in place that is going to fall in right directly behind that.
“That is not me saying we want to sell anyone, we don’t want to get rid of anyone. But it is about always having a plan in place in anything goes not the way we want it to.”
In many ways the situation on Humberside mirrors that on Trentside.
Hull, like Forest, have prized assets that they are reluctant to part with.
There is, however, acknowledgement that money talks and player power has a tendency to win out in the modern era.
The hope is that the Reds will benefit from that this summer if push comes to shove.
If Lamouchi believes Grosicki could do a job – with 12 assists last season suggesting that he could – then forcing the issue from this point would be advisable.