Arsenal target Adam Federici has admitted it is his dream to become the No.1 goalkeeper at a Barclays Premier League side, be that with Reading or someone else.
The Australian has become the Royals’ stopper since the departure of Marcus Hahnemann and his contract is up at the end of the season.
With Reading sitting just four points off a play off place, Federici is hoping he can stay at the Madejski Stadium to fulfil his ambition.
However, if the Royals do not manage promotion Arsenal could be ready to swoop on a bosman if a new contract is not agreed.
The Gunners are currently weighing up their options in goal, with Manuel Almunia on his way out of the Emirates Stadium, doubts over Lucasz Fabianski’s consistency and Wojciech Szczesny’s young age.
Szczesny impressed against Manchester United on his league debut for Arsenal but Wenger still has his doubts over throwing him in at the deep end as first choice at the tender age of 20.
And, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger not one to splash the cash, a free transfer for a more experienced stopper.
"I'm not going to hide my ambition," Federici said. "I've come a long way to play in this country and I want to be at the highest level.
"We've a realistic chance of getting promoted this season and if I can do it with Reading that's fantastic.
“Everyone wants to play Premier League football. It's the biggest league in the world and the most watched.
"I've had my little taste of it (having played two games for Reading in 2007) and it's fantastic to be involved in it.”