Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.
It is understood Brendan Rodgers wants an experienced shot-stopper at Anfield to provide cover for Pepe Reina and competition for Brad Jones. Stand-in keepers Peter Gulacsi and Doni do not feature in the Reds' manager's long-term plans. And, according to the Daily Mirror, Rodgers is now considering making an offer for Al Habsi, either in the next window or at the end of this season.
The 30-year-old has made over 70 appearances for both Wigan and the Oman national team and is valued at around £7m. The goalkeeper moved to the Latics in July 2011 from Bolton Wanderers for a fee around £4m, signing a four-year contract with the Greater Manchester outfit.
Al Habsi, who played a crucial role in Wigan's successful battle against relegation last season, has been impressive this term as well and was once again under the spotlight this week, when Roberto Martinez's side beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
Reports also claim that Rodgers is keeping tabs on Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Dorus de Vries. The Northern Irishman tried to sign the Dutchman in the summer but the Reds' bid of around £500,000 was understood to have been rejected by the Championship side. And, according to The Sun, the Liverpool boss will make another attempt to land the 31-year-old in January.
Rodgers knows de Vries well as he played under him during Swansea City's promotion-winning season. The stopper signed for Wolves in June 2011, after spending four seasons with the Swans. He is the No1 at the Molineux this season, following the long-term injury Wayne Hennessey suffered last campaign.
Meanwhile, Reina has now missed all of Liverpool's matches since the last international break. The Spaniard, who has been struggling with a hamstring problem, was left on the bench for the Merseyside derby. The 30-year-old is still the club's No 1 but Rodgers is keen to add depth to his goalkeeping department.