According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland have had a bid rejected for Aston Villa defender Micah Richards - but remain keen on a deal.
Richards, 27, only signed for Villa in the summer, having left Premier League rivals Manchester City on a free transfer after a loan spell in Italy with Fiorentina.
Instantly made captain by former manager Tim Sherwood, Richards has been a regular for Villa this season, even if people still aren't sure whether he's better as a centre back or a right back.
Richards hasn't been able to stop Villa's slide, and with Remi Garde's men edging ever closer to relegation, some players may be seeking exits before today's transfer deadline.
The Daily Mail report that Sunderland have been hoping to take advantage of Villa's precarious situation by making an initial offer for Richards as they bid to lure him up to the Stadium of Light.
It's stated that Villa have rejected the offer as they don't want to strengthen a direct rival in the battle against relegation, but manager Sam Allardyce is still believed to be keen on a deal should Villa give them any encouragement over the transfer.
The pursuit of Richards suggests that Sunderland will be active during deadline day, even after snapping up Steve Harper, Jan Kirchhoff, Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Dame N'Doye.
Should Villa sell Richards to Sunderland?