Liverpool are hoping to sign Victor Valdes in the coming days as contract talks between the free agent and Anfield officials continue, reports The Daily Express.
The transfer window closed at 11 o'clock last night, but as Valdes is a free agent he is still free to move and be registered with a club. Brendan Rodgers is hoping to take advantage of that fact by bringing him to Anfield.
The 32-year-old is currently without a club after he chose to leave Barcelona when his contract expired in June. Liverpool are looking for a challenger for Simon Mignolet after Pepe Reina departed for Bayern Munich last month.
Valdes would most likely come in as a second-choice to the Belgium international, which would be quite a comedown from his long-term spot as first choice at the Nou Camp. But Valdes cannot afford to be fussy at the moment.
The Spain international has found himself in a sticky spot after leaving Barcelona. He did have a pre-contract agreed with Monaco, but after suffering a cruciate ligament damage in his knee, the Ligue 1 club pulled the plug on the deal.
Monaco had concerns over his long-term fitness and weren't willing to risk the capital to bring him to the Principality. Valdes has struggled to secure a contract ever since.
Valdes is nearing a return to full fitness and Liverpool have jumped at the chance to sign a goalkeeper with plenty of experience at the top level. Talks are continuing between the two parties and a deal could be confirmed before the weekend.
He would represent a good alternative to Mignolet, who has himself impressed since joining from Sunderland last summer.
The sticking point in the deal will come when Liverpool run Valdes through the stringent medical tests. Loic Remy has already failed one at Anfield this summer.
Remy was deemed fit to sign for Chelsea, proving standards under Rodgers are pretty high. However, there will be significantly less emphasis put on Valdes's ability to run around a pitch for 90 minutes as was the case with Remy.
Instead, Valdes will be required to provide relief should Mignolet become injured. He would also push the Belgian to keep his form and focus by pushing for a place in the first team.