The Metro understands that Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is considering a bid for Arsenal’s out-of-favour Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
Villa’s current number one Brad Friedel turns 40 in May, and is expected to hang up his gloves in the near future, leaving Houllier to look for a new number one.
33-year-old Almunia has not played for The Gunners since picking up an elbow injury during a home loss to West Brom last August. A fresh ankle injury has prompted manager Wenger to give his blessing to a potential move away from the Emirates.
Just before Christmas Houllier said a decision whether to offer veteran USA international Friedel an extension on his current contract would be made New Year as he looks for a successor between the posts.
With the spending well and truly underway at the relegation-threatened Midlands-Club, a bid for Alumina in the £3 million region could be enough to secure his services ahead of a number of other potential suitors, including Galatasaray, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.