The chances of Nigel Reo-Coker still being at Villa Park come February must be exceedingly slim after his remarkable training ground dust-up with manager Martin O’Neill. The clash has left him out of the first team picture and restarted the rumour mill about a possible transfer.

Fulham have been linked with a move for Reo-Coker before, most notably pretty heavily during the summer transfer window. Hodgson was apparently keen to sign the former England under-21 international during the close season but missed out on the midfielder. A rumoured £3m bid would fall well short of the £8m that Villa paid to West Ham for Reo-Coker two years ago, but O’Neill could well be willing to cut his losses after the training ground incident.

Reo-Coker was one of England’s most promising talents before his career stalled a little as he struggled to find regular first-team football at Aston Villa. Roy wouldn’t take kindly to the kind of indiscipline displayed recently, but might well think Reo-Coker’s talent should get him another chance. Where he would fit into the first-team remains to be seen, especially with midfield arguably being our strongest area at the moment.