Malcolm Wilson says he is ready to return Mikko Hirvonen to winning ways if the Finn chose to join M-Sport for next season's World Rally Championship.
Hirvonen was a member of Wilson's squad for six seasons, winning 14 WRC rounds and finishing just one point off the 2009 world title. He jumped ship to Citroen at the end of 2011, but has only won once for the French manufacturer, and not at all this season.
"This was his second home," said Wilson, "and it would be good to get him back. I'd like to stop him walking around with his chin on the ground.
"Mikko did a fantastic job for us when he was here, helping us to win world championships. He enjoyed being with the team and we enjoyed having him."
While he has a three-year offer from Wilson, sources close to Hirvonen say he would only consider a single-season extension to his Citroen deal due to the firm's focus on the World Touring Car Championship from the start of 2015.
"The main aim for Citroen next year is circuit racing," he said, "so I really have to think about what kind of program it's going to be. What I want is to be in the best position to fight for the championship next year and the future, this is the most important thing.
"I don't want to just stay and play around, I want to be competitive and definitely work harder than this year to fight for victory."
The driver market is expected to start moving once Thierry Neuville is confirmed as a Hyundai driver in the next few weeks.