Brentford want to bring Adam Forshaw back to Griffin Park on loan from Middlesbrough.
Forshaw, 23, left the Bees to join Wigan a year ago and then moved to Boro after only five months with the Latics.
An approach has been made by Brentford but Middlesbrough have indicated that they are reluctant to let him leave on loan.
A number of other Championship clubs are reported to be interested in the midfielder, who has made three league appearances so far this season.
He moved to west London from Everton in 2012, initially on loan, and was a stand-out performer as Brentford reached the League One play-offs in 2013 and when they were promoted the following season.