Mario Mandzukic is said to have “turned down” a move to Aston Villa.
The 34-year-old former Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus striker is a free agent after leaving Qatar side Al-Duhail.
And journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims both Villa and one of their Premier League rivals, West Ham United, both attempted to sign him “recently”.
Mandzukic has been without a club since July, leaving Al-Duhail after just six months.
“I reached an agreement with @duhailsc management to terminate my contract by mutual consent,” he said on Twitter.
“I appreciate the trust and hospitality that I have received in Qatar and I wish the best to the club and the team in the future.”
The Croatian could now return to Italy, according to Di Marzio, having been linked with Bologna.