Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is considering reuniting with Ahmed Elmohamady for a third time, according to the Daily Star.
Bruce will be tasked with the job of improving the squad this summer in preparation for a promotion campaign next season.
The Daily Star reports that the 56-year-old is eyeing Elmohamady, whose future at the KCOM Stadium has become uncertain after their relegation from the Premier League.
There is no indication yet as to whether the newly-demoted Championship outfit are willing to sell the defender, but his departure would add cash to the transfer kitty.
This season, Elmohamady, who played in 32 top-flight matches for Hull, spent the campaign alternating between right-back and the right side of midfield.
There are obvious benefits to signing a player that a manager has worked with before, but on this occasion, Elmohamady is not the best option.
Bruce had the Egyptian footballer in his ranks at Sunderland and Hull, so knows his qualities all too well.
The 29-year-old’s versatility is a positive attribute, but he is not a vast improvement on Ritchie de Laet, James Bree or Alan Hutton, which suggests that he will struggle to cement a first-team spot.
If Villa want to seriously contend for a promotion place, they need to add individuals who will make an instant impact rather than someone who may have to settle for being a squad player.