Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers is once again a man in demand during the January transfer window.
Last summer, Sawyers was a target for West Bromwich Albion, according to The Express and Star.
Sawyers spent nine years at West Brom after joining the club as a 12-year-old back in 2004.
This January, Sawyers is a target for Middlesbrough, who are hoping to beat Aston Villa to his signature, according to Press Association Sport via BT Sport.
But Aston Villa have two major trump cards in pursuit of the talented midfield man.
Firstly, they could tempt Sawyers back to Birmingham – the city of his birth – by offering him the chance to join.
But more importantly, Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has signed Sawyers three times – and he could make that four.
Smith first signed Sawyers for Walsall on loan from West Brom in 2013 and quickly moved to make that a permanent deal.
When Smith moved to Brentford, he dragged the St Kitts and Nevis international to West London with him.
If Smith can tempt Sawyers to Aston Villa, he would add a midfielder with a creative spark that could aid their promotion push.
The 27-year-old is in the prime of his career, captaining Brentford and standing out with his performances across the midfield positions.
With five points separating Aston Villa from the top six, Sawyers could provide that injection of creativity to take the club into contention for promotion.