When he was manager of Aston Villa, Steve Bruce tried to sign Nick Powell on several occasions.
According to TEAMtalk, Aston Villa came close to signing Powell for £5m last August as Bruce convinced the owners to invest.
For whatever reason, that move never materialised but Bruce always held Powell with high regard after the pair worked together at Hull City.
But now Powell could be available for a bargain fee with his Wigan Athletic contract expiring at the end of this season.
According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic and Rangers are chasing the 24-year-old on a pre-contract agreement.
But Aston Villa should enter the race for Powell, even now that Dean Smith has replaced Bruce at the helm.
Operating as a central midfielder, number 10, winger or striker, Powell has that creative spark that could get Aston Villa ticking.
The ex-Crewe and Manchester United man has scored four goals and provided four assists for Wigan in 18 Championship games this season.
And he hit 15 League One goals last term to fire the Latics to promotion. With age still on his side, Powell is an exciting option that Aston Villa must consider.
The former England under-21 could be available on a free transfer in the summer which should convince Smith to follow through with Bruce’s plans to bring Powell to Villa Park.