Liverpool target Victor Valdes is set to undergo medical tests to prove his fitness ahead of a potential move to Anfield.
That's according to the Daily Express, who report that the Spain international will join the Reds if he can prove to Brendan Rodgers that he is fully over the knee ligament injury that scuppered his move to Monaco.
The former-Barcelona keeper left the Nou Camp over the summer after his contract expired. He was set to move to Monaco but that free transfer was ruined by the knee ligament injury suffered by Valdes in March.
Monaco pulled the plug on the contract offer, leaving Valdes without a club. The Spaniard is now stepping up his recovery from the injury and hopes to be fully fit and ready for first-team action by December.
Liverpool lead the race for his signature as Rodgers wants to bring Valdes to Anfield as competition for Simon Mignolet.
The ex-Sunderland keeper has failed to convince doubters at Anfield that he remains the undisputed number one at Liverpool despite his big money move.
There's a feeling at the club that the Belgian international does not fit the style of play Rodgers is keen to use at Anfield, as Mignolet is not the most comfortable with the ball at his feet.
Rodgers focusses his team on a possession style of football that dictates his goalkeeper must be happy to receive the ball from his defenders and distribute efficiently and accurately.
But while Mignolet is an excellent shot-stopper and has some of the best reflexes in the Premier League, he is shaky with the ball on the floor. With Pepe Reina departed for Bayern Munich, Rodgers does not have strong competition for Mignolet.
So he wants to bring in Valdes, who is one of the most accomplished goalkeepers with the ball at his feet having payed in the Barcelona system under Pep Guardiola.