Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have been handed a timely boost in their alleged pursuit of Sami Khedira after the Real Madrid midfielder returned to first-team training following a five-month lay-off with injury.
The Daily Mail reports how the Germany international was given a round of applause by his team-mates as he was welcomed back into the senior fold ahead of schedule.
Khedira tore knee ligaments in November and was expected to miss the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign, also making him a doubt for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
However, the 27-year-old could now return to Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up before the end of the season, and potentially spark renewed transfer interest from the Premier League trio formally keeping tabs on him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to the Daily Mirror in December, Manchester United were ready to tussle with Arsenal for the Real Madrid star's signature, as David Moyes looked to strengthen his midfield department at Old Trafford ahead of the new campaign.
Arsene Wenger had also been mooted as an admirer of Khedira, who could favour a move to the Emirates Stadium in order to be reunited with compatriot and former Real Madrid team-mate Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.
Two months later and the Daily Express intimated that Chelsea were also keen to recruit the midfielder, who has just over one year remaining on his current contract in the Spanish capital.
A move to Stamford Bridge would see Khedira link up once again with old boss Jose Mourinho, and might also prove an attractive proposition for the returning star.