Brighton & Hove Albion have another midfielder Aston Villa could target.
While Aston Villa may have to concede defeat in their pursuit of Beram Kayal, there's another Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder they could target in January.
And he's one they should know already, having tried to sign him four years ago during Paul Lambert's reign (Sky Sports).
Like Kayal - until the Israeli signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal on Thursday - Stephens' contract expires at the end of the current campaign, making him a potential bargain for someone next summer.
The 26-year-old has reluctantly agreed to stay with the Seagulls until then, having asked to leave during the previous transfer window.
Villa, too, are likely to want to strengthen in Stephens' position, although whether they are prepared to pay £6 million for a player they could sign for nothing in seven months' time remains to be seen.
Stephens would certainly improve Steve Bruce's side, however, having been a regular in promotion-chasing teams for consecutive seasons now - as I'm sure new the Villans' new assistant, Colin Calderwood, will testify.
Perhaps Calderwood, who arrived from Brighton this week, will twist Stephens' arm and Villa can finally get their hands on a Seagulls midfielder.