Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran is keen to sign former Motherwell defender Louis Laing.
Laing was released by the Steelmen last month after making 31 appearances in two years with the Fir Park side, although the Englishman spent the first six months of this season on loan at English League Two club Notts County.
The 23-year-old is now a free agent and can join Inverness outwith the transfer window, however manager Richie Foran faces competition to sign the former Sunderland player.
Caley Jags are in Scottish Cup action against Celtic at Parkhead tomorrow, but face a shortage of defenders for next weekend’s league game against Hearts at Tynecastle, with Josh Meekings facing two months on the sidelines after a knee operation on Monday.
Captain Gary Warren and Brad McKay are suspended for the trip to Edinburgh, while Kevin McNaughton and Lewis Horner are sidelined with Achilles and knee injuries.
With Caley Jags three points adrift at the foot of the Premiership, Foran is keen to bolster his defensive options and said: “We spoke to Louis and we’re waiting to hear back. It would be to the end of the season at least.
“He has a couple of options, one of them is abroad, but once he hears back then we’ll know. He’d be a good one to bring in as we’ve got a couple of suspensions coming up.” Foran says the pressure is off his side against Celtic tomorrow, with the Hoops firm favourites having racked up a 27-point lead at the top of the Premiership.
Foran hopes his players can benefit from the break from the toils of a poor league campaign, and added: “We go there with no pressure – probably the only Premiership team without pressure. Celtic are through in most people’s minds.
“We’re away from the stresses of the league campaign and the players are looking forward to it.
“We need to be organised and have discipline. It’s hard work against the best players. We need to stay switched on for the full game as if we lose concentration, they’ll get in behind and punish us. We’re going to have to work harder than them.
“It might be a distraction or welcome break to some players. There’s pressure on us in every league game but nothing is expected at Parkhead.
“We go and play the Old Firm and that’s maybe the welcome break we need, and gets us the win we need playing with no pressure on our shoulders. Celtic are playing with extra pressure on their shoulders going for the treble.
“We held them here in our 2-2 draw earlier in the season and for 45 minutes at Parkhead before losing 3-0. A couple of mistakes cost us and the best teams will punish any mistakes.”