Aston Villa are plotting a move for Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers, according to Football Insider.
Villa boss Dean Smith has already recruited Sawyers for two clubs, bringing him to Walsall in 2013 before tying him down to a contract at Brentford three years later.
The former West Bromwich Albion prospect remains a popular figure at Griffin Park but could be lured to Villa Park by a manager who has been influential in his development.
Brentford have struggled since Smith’s departure but Sawyers has continued to shine, marking himself as a potential transfer target for Villa in the process.
A creative talent, the Saint Kitts and Nevis international is one of the Championship’s most admired midfielders and would certainly give Villa a boost in their quest for promotion.
Smith has already outlined his intent to add to his squad in January and has also been linked with a swoop for Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
The squad at Villa Park is already strong and the club are just four points adrift of sixth-placed Middlesbrough. Smith has a wide range of midfield options at his disposal, with former Hibernian star John McGinn playing a starring role in the side.
However, the 47-year-old will be aware of the perils of a 46-game slog and will be keen to ensure that he still has options if injuries begin to plague and deplete his squad.
Sawyers’ flair and ability to pull the strings in midfield could make him the perfect addition for Villa, who have their sights set on promotion following their rejuvenation under Smith.
The Villains host Stoke City on Saturday and will be looking to extend their unbeaten league run to seven games.