Jordan Amavi struggled during his speculation-ridden final few months at Villa but has thrived since returning to Ligue 1 win Marseille.
Aston Villa were reportedly among five Championship clubs who sent scouts to watch Rangers hitman Alfredo Morelos in action on Friday.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce refused to let Tommy Elphick leave for Sunderland on deadline day - only to omit him from the squad.
Aston Villa clearly did not realise what a talent they had on their hands when they let Daniel Johnson leave for Preston North End in 2015.
Alfredo Morelos' prolific start to life at Rangers has piqued the interest of Villa, Derby County, Barnsley, Bristol City and Reading.
Red Bull Racing have grown so frustrated with their under-performing Renault engine that they're looking into building their own.