According to The Mirror, Aston Villa want to re-sign Barry Bannan from Sheffield Wednesday during the January transfer window.
Indeed, the report claims that new Villa boss Dean Smith is a huge fan of the midfielder, and the club are prepared to spend £8m to seal a return.
Bannan played 83 times for Villa between 2008 and 2013 before moving on to Crystal Palace, where he made 27 appearances.
Bannan moved to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 2015, and has made over 100 appearances for the Owls.
The 28-year-old has scored twice in 14 Championship appearances this term, and only penned a new three-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday in August.
However, according to The Mirror, Villa are desperate to bring Bannan back to Villa Park when the January transfer window opens for business.
The Villa supporters are mixed on the transfer rumour, however, and a selection of their Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Barry Bannan is not only too good for the championship.
He’s too good for the Premier League too.
He would not look out of place playing for any of the top teams in Europe.
A good passing team like Barcelona would be ideal for him.
He would win win player of the year there.
— Patrick (@TheVillaaa) October 30, 2018
Never sure a player returning to a former club ever really works. If I was Dean Smith I think I’d forget the midfield and forwards and concentrate on defence and between the sticks. That’s where our problems are. However, in Smith we trust. #AVFC
— Kevin Hughes (@kevinhughes348) October 30, 2018
Unless he now plays as a CB, GK or LB i think another midfielder is least of our priorities tbh
— Layton (Probes) AVFC (@laytonprobert) October 29, 2018
— Patrick (@TheVillaaa) October 29, 2018
Would take that
— Callum Hughes (@Callumh1310) October 30, 2018
NOT at £8M. Never. Far too much.
— Stuart ? (@stuartbutt) October 30, 2018
— Phil (@phildaroom) October 30, 2018
8 million for a player we sold for 1.9 million absolutely stupid money imo. There’s a lot better players out there for that kind of money
— Lee Sweet (@leesweetavfc) October 30, 2018
Baz is quality. Would be perfect for us but not for 8 mill.
— Chez Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) October 29, 2018