Stoke City will look to help their goalkeeping crisis by bringing a new face to the club, according to reports.
The Potters had to recall Josef Bursik from his loan at League One Doncaster Rovers, and he was thrown straight into the action in the 4-3 win over Huddersfield on Saturday.
According to Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Stoke are now ready to turn to experienced stopper Andy Lonergan, who is available on a free transfer.
So, who is the latest name to be linked with a move to Stoke and what would he bring to the Bet365 Stadium?
Here is everything you need to know about the goalkeeper.
Who is Andy Lonergan?
Lonergan is a 37-year-old goalkeeper, who has played for a number of clubs including Preston North End, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and, most recently Liverpool.
He started his career at Deepdale with Preston, coming up through the academy before going on a number of loans away from the club. He went on to play 229 times for Preston, keeping 55 clean sheets.
Most recently, Lonergan has been with Liverpool, joining on a free transfer from Middlesbrough in 2019.
He left Anfield at the end of his contract in the summer and is now searching for a club.
How did he do last season?
Lonergan was bought in for cover for Liverpool last summer, but never did make a competitive debut for the Reds.
He was included on the bench in the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup, but didn’t make it onto the field in any of the games.
What has been said about him?
Liverpool first team goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has praised Lonergan for his time at Liverpool, saying that he can ‘still do the job’ after his release from the club in the summer.
Replying to an interview the goalkeeper did with the Liverpool Echo, Achterberg tweeted: Top peace of a great guy and keeper @Lonners24 done top job @LFC can still do the job ! Hope he get sorted.”
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Lonergan himself has identified an area he has improved during his time at Liverpool.
“If you look back over my career, most of my managers have been so-called long-ball merchants. I was just putting the ball down and kicking it as far as I could,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“The transition to playing six-yard passes inside my six-yard box, that was what I was worried about the most. The first few sessions I might have got tackled or given the ball away but you’ve got to improve.
“I feel now I feel I’m pretty comfortable playing that role. We work on it everyday anyway, but that was the old dog’s learnt a new trick. I can play out from the back now I think!”