Rumour: Liverpool look to Swansea’s Michel Vorm as Reina nears permanent exit
Liverpool are lining up a £5million bid for Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the summer, as Pepe Reina is closing in on a permanent switch to Napoli after enjoying a successful loan spell in Serie A.
Reina had admitted he is unlikely to return to Liverpool after having been made aware that Simon Mignolet, who arrived from Sunderland last summer, was to remain the number one.
The Spanish ‘keeper had had his heart set on a move to Barcelona, but with the Catalan club looking set to announce Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as their new stopper ahead of next season, Reina has had to explore other options and is ready to complete a permanent deal to Napoli.
With only Brad Jones providing competition to Mignolet at Anfield currently, manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in more proven opposition to his Belgian number one, with Liverpool having the added distraction of Champions League football next season.
And according to the Daily Express, Rodgers is believed to be a fan of Vorm from their time together at Swansea, with the Liverpool boss having brought the Dutch ‘keeper to Wales upon gaining promotion with the Swans three years ago.
The Reds’ manager has put together a contingency plan in the event that Swansea are unwilling to part company with Vorm, with Nottingham Forest stopper Karl Darlow also believed to be a target, following the youngster’s impressive showings in the Championship this season.