St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is hoping to keep striker Cillian Sheridan in Perth until the end of the season at least.
The 22-year-old Irishman's loan from CSKA Sofia ends in early January, but Lomas hopes an extension to the arrangement or a permanent deal can be agreed.
The St Johnstone boss said: "We would like to keep Cilly. We're still waiting to hear back from his club in Bulgaria."
He added: "He's a decent player, a decent lad, I think he's fitted in well here and we'd love to keep him.
"We'd love to make it permanent, but either way, we'd just love to keep him."
Sheridan, whose previous clubs include Celtic, Motherwell and Plymouth, has four goals in 15 appearances this term. However, he has been out since November with a hamstring injury.
Sheridan is again missing as Saints travel to Inverness on Monday seeking a third straight Clydesdale Bank Premier League win to consolidate their fourth-placed position in the table.
While he works to secure a longer deal for Sheridan, Lomas remained coy on the prospect of further strengthening his squad when the January transfer window opens on Sunday.
"Every manager wants to try to improve the squad," Lomas added.
"It depends on a lot of things. I can't say one way or another, but we have been checking things out. We just have to wait and see."