Shaun Maloney struggled to make an impact at Aston Villa, but proved himself at a Premier League level with Wigan Athletic.
The ex-Celtic winger is, however, still held in high regard and could soon be heading back to the big time.
Leicester City are believed to be one of ‘four or five’ clubs looking at the Scotland international, with one formal approach having been knocked back by Wigan.
Malky Mackay said of the 31-year-old forward in the Wigan Evening Post:“There have been four or five enquiries on Shaun. One bid has been rejected, and we will play that by ear.
“It will be a club decision, but I have to say he has been excellent as a professional. He came on at Bolton and did terrific, nearly nicking a draw for us at the end. He has massive quality, but he has six months left on his contract, it’s frustrating.
“There’s not much I can do about that. It’s something that may be out of my control. Obviously I want to keep my best players but that is not always something you can do.”
Wigan will be wary of allowing Maloney to run down his deal and walk away as a free agent at the end of the season.
If he offers no indication that he is prepared to discuss fresh terms, they will have little option but to sanction a sale.
With the Latics still languishing inside the Championship relegation zone, it appears unlikely that a player of Maloney’s ability would be willing to commit to the club at a stage in his career when he may have one more big move left in him.