Brentford FC boss Andy Scott has been given the green light to bring in a new striker on loan if a bid to extend Jordan Rhodes' stay fails.
On-loan Ipswich front-man Rhodes became an instant Bees hero on Saturday with his half-hour hat-trick at Shrewsbury.
But efforts to land him for the rest of the season before Monday's transfer window deadline failed.
The Chronicle understands Ipswich will be willing to talk about extending Rhodes' one-month loan to a 93-day one, much like Brentford did with Jamie Wilson earlier this season, when his current stay ends on February 22.
That would mean he can stay until the penultimate game of the season, away at Darlington, but would miss the final home game against Luton and the play-offs, if Brentford are involved.
However, Ipswich would be likely to put in a clause which would allow them to recall Rhodes, which they can't do at the moment.
Scott does soon have Nathan Elder at his disposal up front again.
The striker sits out the final game of his four-match ban at home to Chester on Saturday, and so will be available for Tuesday's trip to Accrington Stanley.
But if Rhodes departs at any point, Scott will have no back-up to Elder and Charlie MacDonald, so will need to bring another loan striker in.
Although the transfer window is shut, the loans window opens again on Monday, and the Brentford board has said it will back Scott all the way.
A club source said: "Andy has plenty of back-up options in mind.
"And he wasn't too bothered about Monday's transfer window as any player he brings in will be a loan one anyway."
Meanwhile David Heath has agreed to stay on as Brentford's chief executive until a replacement is found.
Heath, who has being doing the job free of charge for over a year now, had intended to quit last month to pursue other business interests.