Everton are considering a move to sign Arsenal's David Ospina as Roberto Martinez looks to bolster his options in the goalkeeping position. The Gunners signed Petr Cech from Chelsea in the summer and he has been the first choice keeper for the club.
Since the arrival of the former Blues star at the Emirates, the Colombian international has been forced into a role on the bench, featuring in three matches in all competitions this season. Wojciech Szczesny was allowed to leave the club as he joined AS Roma on a season-long loan in the summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Ospina is frustrated with the lack of playing time at the north London club. He is unwilling to settle for the second choice keeper and is aware that it will be difficult to beat Cech for the No 1 spot.
Apart from the Merseyside club, even Besiktas are in the race to secure the South American's signature. The Turkish outfit's vice-president Ahmet Nur Cebi has already expressed his interest in signing the unhappy Gunners star in the mid-season transfer window.
"We are interested in Ospina. Him and goalkeepers of his calibre, but just because we want him does not mean he will come. We have to agree with his club and take his contract into consideration," the Evening Standard quoted the Besiktas vice-president as saying.
Arsenal are on top of the Premier League table and are in a firm position to win the title this term. The Mail reports that Arsene Wenger is reluctant to sanction the sale of the stopper in January as he wants the 27-year-old be the backup for Cech.
The Frenchman is willing to review the situation after the end of the season. Should Everton and Besiktas fail to land the Colombian in January, they will have to wait until the upcoming summer to secure his services. The Mirror reports that Szczesny will take Ospina's place in the squad for the next season if Ospina leaves Arsenal.