Keeper linked with switch
Aston Villa are lining up a swoop on Sunderland with goalkeeper Marton Fulop reported to be the target.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill is delighted with the form of Brad Friedel but he has concerns over fellow American Brad Guzan as his deputy and is on the look-out for a new keeper.
Reports now claim that he could turn to Black Cats keeper Fulop although Steve Bruce will not welcome any offer for the player, who has performed well when Craig Gordon has been out of the side.
O'Neill is still set to pursue a move as he realises that Friedel cannot go on for ever and sees Fulop as a long-term replacement for the American stopper.