Aberdeen assistant-manager Tony Docherty is a paid-up member of the David Goodwillie appreciation society, but refused to comment on whether the former Dundee United attacker could be the Dons next summer signing.
The 25-year-old is a free agent after English Championship club Blackburn Rovers terminated his contract early.
Goodwillie, capped three times by Scotland, had been training with St Johnstone, but the Scottish Cup winners may not be able to afford the attacker who returned to Tannadice on loan last season after his £2million move to Ewood Park ended in frustration and failure.
Motherwell and Kilmarnock are also keen on securing Goodwillie’s services but the Dons are eager to land another attacker, having released Calvin Zola, Scott Vernon and Josh Magennis this summer.
Kris Boyd, who was also a free agent after leaving Kilmarnock, was high on Aberdeen’s wanted list but he opted to return for a second spell at Rangers.
Docherty is an admirer of Goodwillie, having worked with him while he was a coach at Dundee United, and said: “I worked with Goody at Tannadice for a number of years but he’s like other players that are on the list.
“Teams are looking at him at the moment and he has been training with St Johnstone. He’s a good player but we have good players here at the moment as we saw in the match against Daugava Riga.
“Adam Rooney scored two and we have got attacking players who can score goals.”
Docherty, meanwhile, said speculation linking English Championship club Blackpool with a move for Peter Pawlett was news to him.
He said: “I am not aware of that. I noticed there were quite a few clubs up watching our game against Daugava Riga and I am not surprised given the level of our performances. It is not just Peter Pawlett – we have had a lot of players putting in good displays.”
Pawlett was substituted in last week’s 5-0 win at Pittodrie with an ankle injury and Docherty added: “He took a big kick. He has been going in and getting treatment. He is not quite right yet. It will be touch and go whether he is right for Thursday. It was certainly quite a knock he took.
“It is early in the week and the game is not until Thursday so we will assess him as the week goes on.”