Liverpool midfield target Ki Sung-Yueng is being linked with a £6 million move to Aston Villa.
The South Korean international was first touted as a possible Reds transfer target in the summer, with The Metro claiming the 22-year-old was an option if Charlie Adam opted against a Liverpool switch.
Whilst the Scottish international made the move to Merseyside, a season-ending injury to Lucas Leiva has left Kenny Dalglish back in the market for a midfielder, according to reports, with The Scottish Sun claiming at the start of December that the Liverpool boss made a personal check on the player in action for the Hoops.
But, reports in The Daily Record today claim Aston Villa are considering an offer for the former Seoul starlet, who was an instant hit at Park Head following his arrival in 2009.
Alex McLeish is said to be a 'massive admirer' of the player in the report, and is hoping to lure the player south of the border with an offer that will persuade Neil Lennon to sell to the Villains.
"Ki and Kayal are the two players in the SPL Alex has been most impressed by," a source close to the Villa Park outfit told the paper.
"He believes Ki might be available in January and is considering a bid, but he will not match the money offered by the Russians."
Rubin Kazan are reported to have offered £8 million for the player, and are an additional threat to Liverpool if they wish to land Sung-Yeung this month.
An additional incentive for the Reds is the potentially lucrative financial benefits the midfielder would bring in the continent of Asia.
Main sponsors Standard Chartered are eager for the Liverpool to invest in a high-quality Asian player, who could in-turn increase the club's marketability in the far East.
The club have already made moves to this extent by inviting Chinese trialists to Anfield, but Sung-Yeung would undoubtedly add more to Liverpool in the immediate future at least.