Mixu will meet with his agent in an attempt to lure the die-hard Hibee to Easter Road before the Inverness Caledonian Thistle cup game on Saturday.
Hibs could secure Nish in January with a bid of around £100,000 for the 6ft 4in forward.
Paataleinen is hoping to secure
Killie boss Jim Jeffries is on the lookout for a new striker admitting Hibs are about to pounce, he said:
"Hibs were good enough to give us a courtesy call to say they would be in talks with his agent with a possibility of a pre-contract.
"There is nothing wrong with that that is what any player is entitled to do.
"Sometimes you can go elsewhere and get a couple of extra pounds and sometimes it might not be the right move.
"While he seems happy with the contract, you have always got a little bit of hope but I don't know what happens nowadays.
"It's the agent that runs the players, in this case he seems to be telling him what to do.
If somebody makes me a good offer for a player who is out of contract then I would consider it, that is for anybody.
"But if I don't get that then I am in no hurry. I wouldn't see the money anyway so it is pretty irrelevant to me.
"We have already pulled in £1.9million for (Steven) Naismith so it's maybe better having the player.
"I'm not actively trying to push Colin Nish out the door because I don't want to.
"I've made him an offer, he says he is happy with it, he says he likes it here and doesn't want to leave, so I'm a bit confused."
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