Liverpool have reportedly made an initial move to sign Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland as a replacement for Pepe Reina, with Arsenal preparing a bid for the Spain international.

Reina's future at Liverpool has been in doubt ever since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and, according to, the Reds have made third-party contact with Birmingham regarding the potential transfer of Butland.

This, it is reported, will prompt Arsenal into an approach for sign Reina in the January transfer window, with the Gunners readying an £8 million offer to bring the 30-year-old to the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool have reportedly identified Butland, 19, as their first-choice target to replace Reina at Anfield, although whether not they will allow Reina to join a Premier League rival remains to be seen. claim Reina would be open to a transfer to Arsenal, were Liverpool prepared to let him leave, although the Spaniard would have to accept a salary reduction if he was to join the Gunners.

Reina reportedly earns £120,000-a-week with Liverpool, but would be ready to take a cut in order to force through a move to Arsenal, if Rodgers signs a successor in January.

The former Villarreal 'keeper has made almost 400 appearances for Liverpool since joining the club following their Champions League triumph in 2005.

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