Fulham are already lining up a replacement for Mark Schwarzer as they resign themselves to him joining Arsenal.

The Daily Star reports that the Cottagers have earmarked Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni as the man to fill the vacant number one jersey should Schwarzer depart for the Emirates in January.

Arsenal began their pursuit of the 37-year-old prior to the World Cup but - after a reported offer of £4 million for the Australian - a deal between the two clubs could not be reached.

Schwarzer allegedly told Fulham boss Mark Hughes that he wanted to join the Gunners in order to have a shot at Champions League glory before he hangs up his gloves but a move away from Craven Cottage never materialised.

However, Arsene Wenger is understood to be ready to revive his interest in the former Middlesbrough stopper when the transfer window reopens in the New Year as he looks to replace current first choice 'keeper Manuel Almuina.

The Spaniard is believed to have fallen out of favour with Wenger - who has supposedly lost faith in the 33-year-old and is keen to find a more reliable alternative.

But Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas says he and the rest of the players have total trust in their goalkeeper.

He said: "He is a well-loved player among everybody here and performs well for this club. We all wish him a super season and have a lot of trust."

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