There are reports that Palermo made a request to take Marco Borriello on loan from Roma after his row with the Genoa directors.
The centre-forward is still owned by the Giallorossi, but was due to spend all of this season at Marassi.
However, he was dropped for the last game of 2012 after a row with director of sport Rino Foschi and a January exit is expected.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Palermo have leapt to the top of the queue for Borriello’s services by making a formal offer.
There are still problems, as Borriello would prefer to wait for a bigger club to swoop for his signature.
He has been linked with Inter  and even a surprise return to Juventus.