Mark Dodson, the chief executive of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), has confirmed that his organisation are in talks to bring Salford full-back Kevin Locke to the 15-man game.
The player has been given permission by Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash to discuss the move.
Nevertheless, Dodson insists that the SRU have not deliberately tried to unsettle the former Kiwi international, who qualifies to play for Scotland.
“An opportunity to speak with Kevin to discuss a move to union has merely presented itself,” Dodson told the Manchester Evening News.
“We are now following up this opportunity.
“We plan to have a chat with Kevin and are ready to make him an offer if he wants to move to rugby union.
“It is down to him to decide what he wants to do.
“If he does, then we will take things from there.”
It has been indicated that Locke would be fast-tracked into the Scottish national team, ahead of the rugby union World Cup.
Locke has tweeted that he is staying put, stating, in response to a question from a fan, “no mate staying at Salford. I’m just focusing on getting myself right. Just can’t afford more injuries.”
He added: “Just rumours. I know wat the truth is and truth is I love it here. I actually do” [sic]