Premier League keeper identified as Almunia replacement

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Ian Holloway has opened the door for Blackpool goalkeeper Matthew Gilks, who is reportedly a target for Arsenal, to leave the Premier League newcomers.

Gilks, along with team mate David Vaughan, is out of contract this summer and has been hugely impressive in his maiden Premier League season.

And with Arsenal having a goalkeeper crisis for the last couple of seasons, Gilks is backing himself to win a move to the Emirates at the end of the season.

Manuel Almunia now looks likely to leave the Gunners after Łukasz Fabiański seems to have taken the No.1 spot from him.

Gilks and Vaughan are both on around £10,000, which is a fee that can be boosted elsewhere – and the Seasiders cannot compete with that.

Holloway told The Sun: “With the wages we pay, there's only so long I can hold them.

“Matt is out of contract next summer and at the moment that is something he wants to be.

“If I can't nail him down I'll have to find someone else and I've got till January to try and convince him to stay, because he can sign a pre-contract somewhere else in January.

“Matt probably feels a bit aggrieved with how much he is on. What he is trying to do is play himself into a better position in his life, so he commands a bit more respect and a better wages.”

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