Newcastle are once again being linked with a move for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies as a replacement for Danny Guthrie.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew is facing up to the prospect of losing Guthrie on a free transfer in the summer as the player is showing no signs of agreeing a new deal.
Aston Villa are poised to swoop for the midfielder, who had a loan spell at the Reebok Stadium before joining Newcastle, and Pardew is lining up possible replacements with the talented Davies high on his wanted list.
The midfielder has impressed for Bolton this season despite their struggles and if the worst happens and Wanderers go down, there will be a number of clubs ready to swoop.
Davies is likely to stay at the Reebok Stadium if Bolton do survive so any move is on hold until the end of the season when the Trotters know their fate.
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