Sean Clare’s contract impasse at Sheffield Wednesday looks to have taken another turn.
Clare, whose current deal expires at the end of the month, has been heavily linked with a move to Championship rivals Aston Villa.
It is understood that following their play-off final defeat to Fulham, Clare was one of the players Villa had initially targeted for next season.
However, Villa’s head of domestic recruitment Tony Coton left the club to join League One side Sunderland on Friday afternoon.
Coton’s departure, combined with Villa's prudent approach to transfers following their recent brush with HMRC, may now mean a change of targets for the Villans.
Earlier this week Villa reached an agreement with HMRC over a £4million tax bill.
Clare, 21, has been offered fresh terms by Wednesday but has yet to commit.
He has been actively using his social media accounts to post videos of himself doing gym work throughout the summer as he recovers from ankle surgery.
The 21-year-old made five appearances and scored one goal, ironically against Villa, last season for the Owls.