Arsenal have been linked with Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante and Southampton’s Victor Wanyama.
The 23-year-old left St James's Park on loan in January.
The England international arrived at the age of 36 from Leeds United.
Reports recently claimed that the Villa squad had split into two camps as senior players openly questioned the departed Remi Garde's leadership.
John Barnes predicts Manchester United to win against Everton and Leicester City to draw with Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.
West Ham United entertain Crystal Palace on Saturday with hopes of leapfrogging Manchester City into the Champions League places.
The defender failed to come off the bench against Denmark this week.
Southampton are seventh in the Premier League, 19 points off the pace.
Sunderland take on West Brom in a crunch tie this
Adam Armstrong may be on loan at Coventry City, but his heart remains fully committed to the Magpies.
Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday have both been active in the January transfer window.
Newcastle United are looking to utilise the loan market in January.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce still hasn't landed any of his top targets in January and the news that Alex Smithies will be staying at QPR doesn't help.
The Peruvian legend is currently a free agent after leaving Al Jazira.
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion are in competition for Blackburn Rovers winger Ben Marshall.
Which would you prefer at Leeds United, Charlie Taylor or Jordan Rhodes?
In some parts of the investment bank, managers have been asked to identify the bottom 20% of performers in preparation for possible cuts.
First HSBC, then UBS - and now reports of yet another top firm mulling a London move.
Aston Villa are trying to sign Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough, according to reports.
Newcastle United started three debutants in their FA Cup victory over Birmingham City last night.