Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes has been told that he will be allowed to leave the club on-loan when the January transfer window opens.
The Brazil international has fallen well down the pecking order at White Hart Lane in recent seasons and now finds himself as fourth choice with Brad Friedel, Hugo Lloris and Carlo Cudicini all ahead of him.
Gomes was first choice in his first three seasons after arriving from PSV Eindhoven but fell out of favour with Harry Redknapp and has struggled to force his way into contention since the arrival of Friedel.
The 31-year-old may have believed that life would be difference under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, but he has seen Lloris arrive from Lyon and there seems little chance of him playing in the first team this season.
Villas-Boas has admitted that Gomes is in an unfortunate situation as they had hoped to send him out on-loan during the summer, only for injuries to prevent a move happening.
"Gomes has been extremely unlucky. He has picked up different types of injuries and is making a steady return," Villas-Boas is quoted as saying on Talksport.
"We have discussed with Gomes the possibility of him (leaving) on loan but because of the injuries we lost the timing of doing it.
"We also didn't have an option a player of his dimension deserves. We have put it hold and will reassess it in January."
Gomes did not start a single league game last season and will be desperate to try and gain a move in order to return to first team action.
Despite his lack of action, Gomes would be a welcome addition to many clubs with plenty of experience under his belt, including four Eredivisie titles when playing for PSV.