Tahu, 30, is a free agent after being released by the Parramatta Eels late last year and Leary hopes to lure the former Australian and NSW representative to the foot of the mountains.
“I had a chat with Timana and his manager last Friday and put an offer to him,” Leary said yesterday.
“Through media speculation I believe Cronulla is also interested in him. We’re keen to have him and are awaiting his decision.”
Tahu’s potential signing would partner him with NSW centre Michael Jennings – a combination that would be one of the best in the NRL.
“It would be good to have them both in our squad but I am not going to jump the gun,” Leary said. “Hopefully it does happen if Timana signs with us.”
Despite Tahu being under the spotlight for several reasons last season, Leary is confident he will not unsettle the Penrith camp.
“I am not concerned about that at all. After meeting him I was very impressed with his attitude,” he said.