Sevilla have confirmed Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio is one of a number of options they are considering ahead of the January transfer window.
The 28-year-old left the La Liga side in the summer of 2014, after Spurs met the player's €10m (£7m, $10.6m) release clause, but he has struggled to carry over his previously impressive form to the Premier League.
This term, he has sat firmly behind Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer in Mauricio Pochettino's defensive pecking order, making just one appearance all season in the Capital One Cup.
Fazio endured a rather acrimonious departure from the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium where at one point Sevilla threatened legal action against the Premier League side when they claimed they still had not received a transfer fee for the player despite Spurs officially announcing his arrival in north London.
But club president Joel Castro appears ready to bury the hatchet in order to boost Sevilla's ailing season, which sees them currently sat in eighth place after 16 games. "We are working on a number of options and Fazio is one of them," he told Radio Sevilla, as reported by local newspaper Diario de Sevilla. "He is an option, but nothing has been completed yet.
"It is clear that Fazio did not leave Sevilla in the best of ways and that really upset me, but I have to think about Sevilla's interests. I have to swallow my anger, because this club needs Fazio. I do not like swallowing my pride, but I am willing to do something I do not like because it is in Sevilla's best interest."
Marca has previously claimed Sevilla will make a loan offer for Fazio, although Inter Milan's Andrea Ranocchia is also reportedly being considered. Fazio has been out of favour at White Hart Lane all season and almost joined West Bromwich Albion during the summer transfer window.