Ason Villa are considering a shock swoop for free agent Julien Faubert, The Sun claim.
Faubert is best known in England for a spell with West Ham in which he was a huge disappointment.
He signed for the Hammers in 2007 amid big expectations, but could score only two league goals during 70 appearances.
His career at the club was stunted early on by injury problems and he could never establish himself in the first team.
He is free agent after being released by Bordeaux in the summer and The Sun claim Aston Villa want to snap him up.
The connection comes via French manager Remi Garde who is familiar with him, and showing a real interest in the 32-year-old.
Faubert had one cap for France but this came back in 2006 before he signed for West Ham, but perhaps the biggest surprise of his career came when he was signed by Real Madrid.
The La Liga champions inexplicably signed him on loan while he was at West Ham, but he played only twice and the Spanish side did not take up an option to sign him permanently.
It is tough to see that he would have a big impact at Aston Villa, but Remi Garde's side currently need all the help they can get, stuck at the bottom of the table with only six points.
If Garde feels working with players he is familiar with will help, Faubert is a low risk option that despite reservations, may be of some use in the short-term.