Nigel Reo-Coker has admitted that he could be tempted to sign a new deal at Aston Villa in the summer.
The midfielder had looked set to leave Villa Park on a free transfer at the end of the season after letting his current deal run down.
Yet, despite looking intent to move on, the 26-year-old has hinted that Villa's increased ambition in the transfer market to snap up Darren Bent makes the club a more attractive prospect.
The arrival of Bent, and the installation of Gerard Houllier as manager, has coincided with a revival at the club for Reo-Coker, now a regular starter under the Frenchman.
"It is very positive. I think the club is heading in the right direction," he told the Express & Star.
"There is nothing more and nothing less to say than the club is going in the right direction with signing players like Darren Bent.
"The manager and the chairman are showing how ambitious and how serious they are taking things forward at the football club.
"He is a great goal poacher and his goalscoring record is phenomenal. You only have to look at his record from all the clubs he has been at to see that.
"I think he is only nine or 10 goals away from scoring 100 goals in the Premier League.
"I have been fortunate enough to know Darren from a young age, having played with him at England Under 21 level, and he is a fantastic footballer."