The future of Joleon Lescott at Manchester City has been clouded so far this season, so reports of interest in the player from elsewhere should come as no surprise.
David Kent of the Daily Mail reported on New Year's Day that Turkish club Besiktas were interested in taking the former Everton and Wolves man from the Etihad Stadium.
But the article also highlighted that the 31-year-old remains keen to stay in the Premier League.
And on Thursday, David Anderson of the Daily Mirror reported that City would fight to keep Lescott to bolster their four-pronged assault on silverware this season.
The central defender is free to talk to other clubs this month with his current City contract set to expire in the summer.
Under Manuel Pellegrini, Lescott has found first-team opportunities at a premium, but his ability to step in for the injured Vincent Kompany make him a vital squad presence for the Chilean.
The arrival of Martin Demichelis in the summer ensured Lescott fell further down the first-team squad, with Kompany and Matija Nastasic also vying for places.
But the City player knows any hope of regaining his spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil rest entirely on finding regular first-team matches.
And that's the conundrum for City and Lescott. The club need the player as insurance, while the defender has his eye on the world elite in the summer.
Lescott's agent James Featherstone confirmed contact from Besiktas to Sky Sports, but it is the mention of other clubs expressing an interest which should alert the player and City:
It is true that Besiktas have made contact regards Joleon.
Joleon is able to talk to interested clubs now as he is in the final six months of his contract and a number of clubs have expressed an interest in him.
However, at the moment Joleon is focused on doing his best for Manchester City and is ready to give his all when called upon.
Joleon is a Manchester City player, so if any club are interested in signing him prior to his contract expiring they have to agree something with Manchester City first and then we will see if we can take it any further.
If that isn't a "come and get him" plea, we don't know what is.
Besiktas have made their move for Lescott, but the next step for the defender won't be Turkey.
There remains much to admire in the defender for Premier League clubs, and Tottenham and Newcastle are among the interested parties, according to Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail. Both of those clubs would be far better options for the City man.
Pellegrini insists he will not entertain the departure of Lescott this month until he knows his backline is back to strength after Demichelis picked up an injury on Christmas Day, as Alex Kalinaukas of the London Evening Standard reported.
But any questions over the future of the City man do appear to be on the way to a resolution this month.
If Lescott does realise his dream of playing for England in Brazil this summer, he can be grateful to Besiktas for opening the door for him.
Believability Meter: Low
Lescott might have slipped off the radar for major clubs after falling down the pecking order under Pellegrini, but he remains a crucial squad member at the Etihad.
However, any hopes of the defender regaining his international place in time for the 2014 World Cup finals will be dependent on him finding regular first-team football.
Both Lescott and City will know that a move to the Turkish Superlig is unlikely to send Hodgson scurrying to the shores of the Bosphorus.
However, news of the Turkish club's interest has reminded bigger English clubs that the 31-year-old is looking to resurrect his World Cup dream.