The 31-year-old could be available for as little as £1 million in January.
Indeed, it may even be a struggle for some to come up with any.
There were the reports that the Cameroonian's Villa future was once in jeopardy because he could not speak a word of English. And there was perhaps the fact that Makoun managed to work under three different managers at Villa Park.
By the summer of 2013, however, the midfielder's time at Aston Villa - begun after Gerard Houllier signed him for £6 million, was over. Makoun was released, with Rennes taking him on after he spent the previous season on loan at the French club.