Sources in Scandinavia are suggesting the Mariners are poised to make central defender Ludvig Ohman one of their January captures in the transfer market.
The big centre-half caught the eye of Chelsea in 2013 and is known to Town boss Michael Jolley from their time at AFC Eskilstuna in Sweden.
And with the Mariners suffering a centre-half crisis with injuries and suspensions, now could be the perfect time for Ohman to make the move to Blundell Park.
Perhaps tellingly, the 27-year-old shares the same agent, Jonathan Chalkias, as the Mariners’ latest signing Sebastian Ring.
Jolley has made no secret of his desire to tap into his knowledge of the Swedish market. Andrew Fox made the move from Sweden shortly after the manager’s appointment, and he has been followed to Blundell Park by Ring.
The Town boss expressed an interest in bringing centre-half Johan Hammar to England, but the 6’5″ defender, who came through the ranks at Everton, opted to extend his deal with BK Hacken instead.
So Jolley is now expected to turn his attention to Ohman. The pair worked together at AFC Eskilstuna last year and it was mooted in some quarters that the Swedish under-19 international would follow Jolley to Blundell Park.
Instead, the 27-year-old made the switch to newly-promoted Allsvenskan side IF Brommapojkarna. But BP were relegated after just one season in the top flight and it is rumoured that the centre-half is trying to negotiate a release from his three-year deal with the club that could pave the way for a move to Cleethorpes.
Ohman began his career with Sandakerns SK, before joining Kalmar FF, where he made his senior bow. His form with the club attracting the attention of then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in 2013.
He spent five years with Kalmar, playing 57 league games and then spent a season in Japan with Nagoya Grampus.
Returning to Sweden with AFC Eskilstuna, he scored twice in 26 league games, before joining IF Brommapojkarna – where he played 22 times for the club.