Leeds United are set to host Rotherham United at the weekend.
HITC Sport understands that boss Aitor Karanka has made the Scottish striker his number one target this January.
The striker spent a year on loan on Tyneside before joining Chelsea and a return could be on the cards this January.
The 34-year-old is reportedly in the process of negotiating an early release from his Villa contract.
Blackburn Rovers-bound Elliott Bennett wishes Norwich City and Bristol City the best of luck.
Bournemouth are tracking Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker, who is currently on loan at Southampton.
Napoli’s Manolo Gabbiadini has been linked with Swansea City and now West Ham United.
Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves are battling to sign Newcastle United centre-back Mike Williamson.
Demarai Gray moved from Birmingham City to Leicester City this week.
Josh Windass has reportedly accepted a pre-contract agreement with Rangers.