Portuguese side Benfica are believed to be prepared to offer unsettled Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba a future in Lisbon.
It is the second time the Portuguese club has made a bid for the 26-year-old Cameroon international after they failed in a bid to tempt him away from his former club, Manchester United, in 2005.
Djemba-Djemba spent the last season as a Villa player on loan with Burnley under manager Steve Cotterill at Turf Moor and a permanent move there had been mooted.
But now it seems Benfica, who finished third in their league this season behind FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon, are considering a move for the player who signed for Villa from Old Trafford in December 2005 but who has made only a handful of appearances.
Djemba-Djemba started his career with French side Nantes before being tempted over to England and the Premiership by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003 for £3.5 million.
At the time, he was considered a future star having made 36 appearances and scoring seven goals on the continent.
But he never really settled in England and played only 13 matches for United before then-Villa manager David O'Leary moved paid £1.35 million for him two years ago. He did not feature at all during the past season under present Villa boss Martin O'Neill.
It is understood that Benfica will pay around £700,000 for the midfielder - which is significantly less than they would have had to pay United two years ago.
Djemba-Djemba's agent, Christophe Mongai, was not available to comment last night but it is understood Villa are happy with the deal while the player is himself eager to settle down and commit to a club for the future.
* Meanwhile, Cotterill has revealed Burnley have been contacted by Wolverhampton Wanderers about the availability of striker Kyle Lafferty.
Northern Ireland international Lafferty, who was the subject of a bid from Scottish champions Celtic earlier this year, is one of a number of strikers to be linked with a summer switch to Molineux.