Wolves are in talks with Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell, manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed.
Sidwell, who lives in London, was thought to be on the verge of a move to West Ham after undergoing a medical at Upton Park last month, but it emerged that a deal had stalled with other clubs interested in the 28-year-old.
Sidwell is believed to have watched Wolves beat former club Chelsea on Wednesday night, and McCarthy has confirmed negotiations are underway regarding a possible deal.
McCarthy said: “I haven't spoken to him, so there's nothing much I can say. A fee had been agreed with the clubs beforehand. His family were closer to West Ham and I had no gripe with that at all.
“But if he's available and we can agree a fee and terms I'd take him in a heartbeat.”
The news will come as a surprise to some with Villa manager Gerard Houllier recently claiming the player was keen to return south.
The Frenchman had said: “It’s not a secret that he lives in London. Otherwise I think Wolves would be interested in signing him.”