Everton boss Ronald Koeman reportedly views the 22-year-old as a potential replacement for one of the current Toffees stars.
Gareth Barry would be forgiven for rejecting the chance to move into the Championship normally, but perhaps Aston Villa should at least try.
Everton midfielder Gareth Barry played with England head coach Gareth Southgate at Aston Villa.
Everton take on Liverpool and Manchester United early next month and Gareth Barry may have to start if Morgan Schneiderlin is unavailable.
Everton ran out comfortable winners against Hull City this weekend but not all their players were praised for their efforts.
Everton's Gareth Barry has opened the door on a return to Aston Villa.
The former captain has faith in Bruce's ability to transform the club's fortunes.
Barry left Villa after 12 years for Manchester City in 2009.
Everton narrowly defeated Crystal Palace this weekend.
Everton's Gareth Barry has made over 600 Premier League appearances throughout his career to date.