STEVE McClaren wants to sign Simon Dawkins on a permanent deal in January.
Dawkins has impressed Derby County’s head coach during his loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur.
He joined the Rams in October and the 26-year-old forward has started the last five matches.
His loan spell expires next month.
Asked if he would like to keep Dawkins longer, McClaren said: “Yes, absolutely. There’s no doubt about that. When he came here we wanted to take him permanently.”
Dawkins is a product of Tottenham’s academy but has not played a competitive game for the club.
He has had loan spells at Leyton Orient, San Jose Earthquakes and Aston Villa, and was released by Spurs only to be re-signed in March 2011. He also had trials at French club RC Strasbourg, Celtic, Bournemouth and Dutch side FC Twente.
McClaren is surprised Dawkins has never established himself at a club.
“I have known him for a couple of years,” said McClaren. “I took him to Twente, for two weeks, and I have always kept my eye on him.
“When Johnny Russell was injured in October I thought it was a great opportunity to bring in Simon, and he has impressed.
“I think he has always been a good player but to make a difference you have to have an end product, you have to score or assist.”
Dawkins did both in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic.
He won the free kick from which Craig Bryson gave Derby a third-minute lead and he scored the second goal.
“Simon is proving a big asset for us,” said McClaren. “He has got stronger and fitter with each game.”