Former Premier League footballer Dean Windass is involved in bankruptcy proceedings.
Tax officials have said the ex-Hull City player owes them more than £150,000.
A specialist judge has overseen a preliminary Bankruptcy Court hearing in London. Mr Windass did not attend court but was represented by a barrister.
His lawyers said Mr Windass, 47, was trying to find a solution and another hearing is scheduled for December.
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The Hull-born striker made more than 600 appearances and scored more than 200 goals in an 18-year career.
He played for more than half a dozen clubs, including Hull City, Bradford City, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Aberdeen.
In 2008 he scored the winning goal in the Wembley play-off final which saw Hull City promoted to the top flight for the first time in their history.
He has spoken openly about his battle with alcohol and depression following his retirement from football in 2010.