If Tottenham Hotspur's are able to sign West Ham United's Winston Reid, it could be inspired.
Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon remains keen on signing Kris Commons from former employers Celtic but acknowledges that he faces competition.
The French international has had surgery on a dislocated shoulder.
Match to be played on Saturday 17th January 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham.
Tottenham Hotspur beat Burnley 4-2 in FA Cup action last night.
Arsenal are nearing their first signing of the season.
Derby have signed the former England international on an 18-month deal.
West Ham United have reportedly made an offer for Azubuike Egwuekwe, but his current club, Warri Wolves, have turned it down.
Former Queens Park Rangers striker Paul Walsh expects Charlie Austin to agree a new deal, but says he will want to become a top earner at the club.
Neil Redfearn has played down the significance of the decision not to bring Luciano Becchio back to Leeds United.