MIDDLESBROUGH have been put back on alert for Albert Adomah with the Villa forward’s future in limbo.
Adomah, 31, almost moved back to his former club last year after a summer of turmoil at Villa Park.
Boro boss Tony Pulis is also thought to have asked about Adomah again in the January window.
And with Adomah’s contract up this summer – and no sign of talks opening over a new deal – Pulis could land the player on a free transfer.
But much depends on how both clubs fare between now and the end of the season.
If either were to be promoted through the play-offs then transfer policies will change accordingly.
And should Villa stay in the Championship for a fourth successive season then boss Dean Smith’s plan will be geared up to that.
But Adomah has cut an unsettled figure at times since he was bought by Roberto di Matteo three years ago.
The London-born Ghana international has scored just twice this season, earning a point at Stoke and – ironically – crowning a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.