The 57-year-old Top Gun loner is shooting for the Hollywood hottie, 29, following her split from Coldplay rocker Chris Martin.
“Tom’s been secretly lusting over Dakota ever since he watched her in Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels,” said a source.
“He told a few people he’s watched the movies several times. It’s his guilty pleasure.
“His friends are expecting he’ll make a play for Dakota now that she’s single, especially as he’s confided she’s got everything he’s looking for in a woman.
“Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, she’s smart, classy and discreet — unlike so many of her arrogant show-biz peers. As he sees it, Dakota checks a lot of boxes for all the right reasons.”
“Tom’s being incredibly picky about who he dates next and insists he’ll take his time before getting serious again,” added the snitch.
“But if Dakota shows even the slightest interest, he’ll jump headfirst in a heartbeat!”