HITC Sport understands former England international to take over at Southend.
Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be looking for additions in January, and Southampton's Nathan Redmond could fit.
Aston Villa sit fifth in the Championship after 20 games.
The former Derby County, Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town boss has linked up with Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly brought in Chris Powell as a scout.
Leeds United have made a mixed start to the season in the Championship.
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Chris Powell and Burton Albion defender Stephen Warnock have been impressed with Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen.
Derby County are in fine form under Gary Rowett and their former manager thinks the playoffs are achievable.
How much longer Derby can hold on to Will Hughes is anyone's guess, but Powell will be hoping he sticks around a little while longer.