Following Steve Bruce's admittance that goalkeeper Craig Gordon won't be first choice for Sunderland next season, a host of clubs are ready to attempt to prize the Scot away from the Stadium of Light.
A host of injury problems, which currently leaves the keeper sidelined until October, means that both Simon Mignolet, who finished the season as the Black Cats No.1, and new signing Keiren Westwood, have jumped ahead of the 28-year-old in the pecking order.
That added competition, compiled with Gordon only having one-year left on his current contract means his days at Sunderland appear to be numbered.
“The situation with Craig is he’s got one year left on his contract,” said Bruce. “The big thing for Craig is to get him fit, that’s the most important thing, to get him back on the pitch again.
“Then let’s deal with the problem, rather than panicking on a problem. It wouldn’t be healthy if I hadn’t brought a keeper in with Craig missing the start of the season.
Arsenal and Manchester City are two of the parties interested in Gordon, while Celtic have also expressed an interest, according to the Daily Mail.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon said: "The problem with Gordon is he's not fit until October but we can still make an enquiry. He's a quality keeper and he's on our list."
As back up to Lukasz Zaluska, Lennon has brought in Stipe Pletikosa on trial, but the boss is keen to bring in Gordon as well to bolster his goalkeeping options at Celtic Park.
With Arsene Wenger having confirmed that Manuel Almunia can leave the club, the French boss is keen to put in place a credible replacement for the new season in a position where mistakes came thick and fast for Arsenal last season.
City are also prepared to let their own substitute keeper leave in the form of Shay Given, who is set to join Aston Villa and likewise the Eastlands club want to make provisions for the new season in case No.1 Joe Hart suffers an injury.
Both Arsenal and City could offer Gordon Champions League football, and a place in a first-team squad who have genuine ambitions of capturing the Barclays Premier League title this term.
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