North Queensland have identified Brisbane's Jordan Kahu as a replacement for Ben Barba.
Kahu has one year remaining in his deal with the Broncos but will struggle to displace Darius Boyd, Jamayne Isaako, Corey Oates, Jack Bird and James Roberts in the Broncos backline.
The Cowboys believe they can convince the 28-year-old to Townsville by offering him the full-time fullback position, according to foxsports.com.au .
The New Zealand international has played 95 games and scored 42 tries for the Broncos since making his NRL debut in 2013.
South Sydney fullback Alex Johnston has also been linked to the Cowboys, but has denied any talks with the club.