Aston Villa are in talks with Nemanja Vidic after the former Manchester United captain was released by Inter Milan, according to reports.
Vidic, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during an eight-year spell at Old Trafford, left the San Siro after back and hernia injuries prevented him from making a single appearance this season.
The Sun suggest Villa boss Remi Garde wants to persuade the 34-year-old to snub interest from the MLS and make a surprise return to the Premier League.
Garde is keen to bolster his defence and wants to add a natural leader to his ranks.
The Serbian centre-half fits the bill but would first have to prove his fitness, with Villa owner Randy Lerner sceptical about spending big money in January with the club seemingly doomed to relegation.
One defender who could be on his way out of Villa Park is former England international Joleon Lescott.
Lescott only joined the club in the summer but is being targeted by a host of clubs in China as well as LA Galaxy.