Scunthorpe Utd: Parkin now a free agent, but Grella seems higher priority for Iron
Jon Parkin has had his contract with Championship side Cardiff City terminated by mutual consent.
But the striker's wage demands are still likely to be a huge stumbling block in Scunthorpe United's hopes of bringing the powerful front man back to Glanford Park.
The Yorkshireman made a huge impact in a short space of time with the Iron last season after joining the club on loan in January.
He brought a much-needed presence to the pitch and the dressing room, scoring six goals in 14 appearances before surgery on a long-standing knee injury brought an early end to his campaign.
Manager Alan Knill made no secret of the fact he would like to bring the 30-year-old back to United on a permanent basis during the summer, but Parkin's wage requirements when taken into account with a reduced playing budget for next season, would seem to make that an unlikely scenario.
Cardiff heavily subsidised his wages while he was on loan with Scunthorpe and Knill admitted as recently as three weeks ago that he had no contact with the Bluebirds about a full-time deal.
Recruiting former Leeds United and Brentford striker Mike Grella would seem a higher priority for the Iron boss and it's unlikely they'd be able to add both to their ranks.
The Telegraph has learned Grella - who turned down a deal at League One rivals Bury last week, on the back of scoring four goals in 10 games for the Shakers towards the end of last season - was the player Knill met while he was on holiday in New York last week.
It is not known how those discussions went, but the American clearly remains a player the Iron are tracking. National newspaper the Daily Star has reported Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City are also keen.
At the other end of the field, released Swindon Town full-back Callum Kennedy is also said to be a target for United, who will be looking to step up their recruitment for the summer having so far only brought in rookie keeper James Severn.
Sources connected with the Robins have reported Yeovil Town and Crewe Alexandra have also been speaking to 23-year-old Kennedy, who played 23 times for the Robins, who won the League Two title, last term. But the player is said to prefer a switch to Glanford Park.