West Bromwich Albion's recalcitrant midfielder, Jason Koumas, could be used as a makeweight in Bryan Robson's attempts to sign Cardiff City's highly-rated striker Cameron Jerome.
The Wales international spent last season on loan with the Bluebirds, where he enjoyed something of a renaissance after falling out of favour with Robson. Given that a return to The Hawthorns is unlikely, some sort of swap deal for Jerome could be the perfect solution.
Cardiff are thought to be keen to cash in on the attacker - with bids of £3 million likely to be enough and, although rivals Birmingham City are also interested, West Brom could be favourites if they are willing to offer a player plus cash.
Koumas has made it very clear he wants to stay where he is rather than rejoin Albion but Robson has also been adamant that, despite their strained relationship, the midfielder will not be sold on the cheap and that the club are looking to receive around £1.5 million.
Meanwhile, young Albion striker Stuart Nicholson has capitalised on Theo Walcott's surprise call-up to England's World Cup squad with his own shock inclusion in the England Under-19s squad to play in Belgium next week.
Sven-Goran Eriksson's decision to take Walcott to Germany means standby striker Nicholson will step into the place the 17-year-old has vacated for the UEFA Elite Round Tournament.
It will be Nicholson's first experience of international football and comes just two years after he was playing for North-East Sunday League football side Cramlington Juniors.
Since then, he has come through the ranks at The Hawthorns, scoring nine goals for the reserves this term before making four Premiership appearances as a substitute. Earlier this week, he was named Albion's Young Player of the Year by the first-team coaching staff.
He could not conceal his delight: "I'm buzzing and I c an't believe it," said Nicholson.
"It has just happened so quickly, but I sort of expected it in a way when Theo got called up to the England squad.
"This season has been a fairytale, especially after making my Premiership debut against Sunderland, which meant a lot with me being from Newcastle.
"My only target at the start of the season was to score ten goals for the reserves and I got nine. I didn't even think of getting in the first-team squad, let alone playing!"
The Under-19s tournament takes place between next Friday and May 23 and will see England take on Belgium next Thursday, Northern Ireland two days later and Serbia and Montenegro on Monday May 22.
No matter how grim things ever get for Aston Villa, there's always the future.
And tonight at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, Villa's youngsters have the chance to restore a bit of lost pride at the club by lifting the FA Premier League Trophy.
Villa's Under-18 side, already winners of their Academy group, booked their place in this year's final with a 5-0 win over Derby County in last Friday night's semi-final.
And, although coach Tony McAndrew insists that it's the quality of his team's football, not results, that counts for most, he admits that his youngsters deserve any glory that comes their way tonight (7pm kick-off).
"Technically, we might have had better individual players in the past, but this is the best group we've had to work with," said McAndrew. "In the 12 years I've been here, I've never had a team who have been so receptive to all the work we've done with them.
"You don't have to keep on their case, they genuinely want to learn and work hard and they have a great team spirit, which has been the key to their success."
After losing one of their two main strikers, Sam Williams, to a two-month loan spell at League Two outfit Wrexham, it says everything about their the Villa young-ster's spirit that he should have come back from the Racecourse Ground still itching to be part of things in the Academy team.
Both he and his fellow front man, 17-goal top scorer Adam McGurk, bagged a brace in that win over Derby.
"Sam's come back having matured as a person and a player," said McAndrew, "The fact that he came back still wanting to play for us gave the rest of the team a lift. If he maintains that progress, who knows what level he can get to."
The likes of Williams and McGurk can already feel confident that they will get their chance and follow this season's latest crop of Villa youngsters to reach first-team level, Gary Cahill, Craig Gardner and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
"It encourages the rest to keep going," said McAndrew. "Any young lad who looks at a team where youngsters are given an opportunity is always heartened that the opportunity is there."