Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers are ready to hand Liverpool bad-boy Craig Bellamy a lifeline after his latest indiscretion cast serious doubt on his future at Anfield.
The £6million striker, whose career has been blighted by a string of unsavoury events, allegedly attacked team-mate John Arne Riise with a golf club following a dispute over karaoke and is expected to be shown the door in the summer.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen to add the striker to his goal-shy team and will make an £8million move for the 27-year-old, according to reports.
O'Neill took Bellamy on loan for Celtic two years ago after the player's fall-out with then-Newcastle boss Graeme Souness and the Welsh international scored nine goals in 15 games during his spell at Parkhead.
However, former Wales boss Mark Hughes is keen to lure his compatriot to Blackburn, the club he left to join Liverpool after a £6m bid triggered an escape clause in his contract, and he has made it clear to the Ewood Park board that he wants to be at the front of the queue.
In the short term Bellamy is facing an £80,000 fine following his role in the training-camp bust-up with Riise in Portugal earlier this week.