Manchester City are planning a bid for Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as they plan to offload Shay Given.
Wales international Hennessey, 24, was on Man City’s books as a youngster but was released in favour of Kasper Schmeichel.
But since leaving the north-west outfit, Hennessey has flourished and will face England this weekend at the Millennium Stadium.
Roberto Mancini will line up Hennessey as a challenge to City’s number one Joe Hart, paving the way for Republic of Ireland international Shay Given’s departure.
Given, who is proven as one of the Premier League’s top stoppers, is understood to be unhappy at his lack of first team action and is expected to leave Eastlands this summer.
This will alert the attention of Arsenal who are still looking for a consistent, experienced ‘keeper and recently had to resign 41-year-old Jens Lehmann as an emergency following a series of unfortunate injuries.
News of Given departing could also tempt north west rivals Liverpool with the Reds facing the possible prospect of losing Spanish stopper Pepe Reina this summer.
Over the past few months Reina has made subtle hints at leaving Liverpool – which could trigger a goalkeeping carousel this summer with Man United also looking for a new number one with the retirement of Edwin van der Sar.