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11 January 2020 14:41

Simon Mignolet Liverpool F.C. Club Brugge KV

Aston Villa target Pepe Reina set to undergo medical ‘agreeing’ loan transfer

Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from Liverpool Echo - Liverpool FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to move back to the Premier League this month, with a loan deal to Aston Villa expected to be concluded early this week. The Spaniard, according to the Daily Mail, has agreed to move to Villa Park until the end of the season, with his medical set to take place in Birmingham on Monday. Now 37, Reina has been brought in because usual number one Tom Heaton suffered a season-ending injury earlier this month against former club Burnley at Turf Moor. Orjan Nyland is expected to start against Liverpool's title rivals Manchester City for Dean Smith's men tomorrow, before Reina comes in ready for their game against Brighton next weekend. Reina could make an emotional return to Anfield on April 11, when the Reds will host his new side in the Premier League.

Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from Daily Star - Daily News Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Pepe Reina will undergo a medical with Aston Villa after reportedly agreeing a loan move for the rest of the season. The Premier League strugglers were dealt a heavy blow on New Year's Day after Tom Heaton was ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage during the win over Burnley. The Midlands club have acted fast to find a suitable replacement in World Cup winner and Liverpool hero Reina. And reports claimed on Friday that Villa had struck an agreement with AC Milan for the 37-year-old to join on loan for the rest of the footballing year. Reina is expected to cost the relegation battlers a fee despite his temporary agreement, and he is yet to agree personal terms with the club.

But he will do so on Monday, when he is expected to fly to Birmingham to undergo a medical and discuss terms, which will be a formality. Having played just one match this season, Reina should have clean bill of health, though he is likely to need time to get match fit. Orlan Nyland will play second string to Reina, with Heaton's understudy Jed Steer likely to compete with the Spaniard once he regains fitness himself. Reina made 394 appearances for Liverpool between 2005 and 2013, winning an FA Cup and a Carling Cup, as well as reaching the Champions League final in 2007. The former Barcelona stopper has also spent time with Bayern Munich and Napoli before he joined AC Milan in 2018.

AC Milan have asked about Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. The Italians have targeted the 32-year old after agreeing to let Pepe Reina join Aston Villa. Begovic has been on loan at Qarabag and has been considered by West Ham also. AC Milan have asked about bringing in Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic this month Though a tempting move, the Bosnia international will have to consider whether he is content to act as cover for Milan No 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma. Begovic would be Milan's first choice but other candidates for the role include Burnley keeper Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham, according to multiple sources in Italy including Sky Sport Italia.

Begovic joined Bournemouth in 2017 after previous spells in England with Portsmouth, Chelsea and Stoke and his contract runs out in June 2021. Hart, who previously played in Italy for Torino, has largely been a backup since joining Burnley since joining 2018. Fabianski who is also reportedly on AC Milan's shortlist, has been a regular for West Ham, though he has missed much of this season so far through injury. Pepe Reina is expected in Birmingham ahead of a medical to join Aston Villa on Monday Reina meanwhile is expected to arrive in Birmingham on Monday for his medical at Aston Villa, where he would join on loan with an option to buy. The Premier League club have been forced to search for a replacement to Tom Heaton, who suffered a season-ending injury earlier this month.

Milan pick Begovic for Reina Multiple sources in Italy claim Milan's first choice to replace Aston Villa-bound Pepe Reina is Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth, ahead of Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski. Reina is all set for a move to Aston Villa, on loan with option to buy, but first the Rossoneri want to have a replacement secured for their understudy to Gianluigi Donnarumma. According to MilanNews, Radio Rossonera and Sky Sport Italia, the hot favourite is Begovic, whose loan deal with Qarabag just expired. He is set to return to Bournemouth, where the 32-year-old is under contract until June 2021. The Bosnia international has spent almost his entire career in England, with the likes of Portsmouth, Chelsea and Stoke City. Other candidates for the Milan role are also from the Premier League, namely Joe Hart (formerly of Torino, now with Burnley) and Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham United. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Aston Villa have agreed on a deal with AC Milan to loan goalkeeper Pepe Reina until the end of the season. Villa are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this month after losing first-choice Tom Heaton to a long-term injury last week. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Reina quickly emerged as a target, although they needed to convince AC Milan to let the 37-year-old leave. That is something they have now done, with both Sky Sports Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport reporting that they have agreed on a six-month loan deal with the Italian club. According to Sky, this deal will include a purchase option for Aston Villa, who managed to 'unlock' the deal by guaranteeing Reina first-team football. Gazzetta believe that Reina is yet to find an agreement with Milan to finalise the move to Aston Villa. The Italian side certainly seem to think a deal is close, with both sources claiming that they are already eyeing up replacements for the Spaniard.