Arsenal are considering a summer move for Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. German newspaper Bild believes the Gunners' scouts were at the Bundesliga match between Stuttgart and Freiburg last month.
Arsene Wenger has Polish international Wojciech Szczesny and compatriot Lukasz Fabianski as first choice options for now, with Italian Vito Mannone also at hand. However, it is believed that all three have failed to impress the Frenchman and a new and more experienced No 1 is likely to join the Emirates in the summer.
The 24-year-old Ulreich may not have too much top-level experience but he has been in impressive form this season, with eight clean sheets in 32 league appearances. His performances have helped the club to the final of the DFB-Pokal (the German FA Cup), where they face league champions and Champions League finalists Bayern Munich.
If Wenger's interest in Ulreich is genuine, he may look to German international Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski to act as ambassadors for the club. However, any move for the player is likely to run into trouble with Stuttgart chiefs, after the club's sporting director, Fredi Bobic, revealed the player was not for sale.
"I hear now for the first time he is on their list, but he has a long contract, he is our number one. Therefore, there is no discussion," Bobic said. Ulreich is contracted to the club till 2017.
The goalkeeper claims he is aware of interest from other clubs but has refused to comment on the situation.
"I do not concern myself with such things. We have in Stuttgart at the moment plenty of other problems that I focus," Ulreich told Bild.
Ulreich is not the only German goalkeeper Wenger has been linked to, with the Mirror suggesting 28-year-old Hamburg SV No 1, Rene Adler, is a possible target. The Gunners believe Adler could be an option in the mould of former No 1 Jens Lehmann and may also be a more reasonable target. Premier League options like Simon Mignolet of Sunderland and Asmir Begovic of Stoke City could cost far more than the £5m Adler is believed to be valued at.