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.