Stoke City are seeking permission to be able to sign an emergency goalkeeper after Angus Gunn joined Adam Davies on the sidelines.
The on-loan Southampton stopper has picked up an ankle ligament injury, which is likely to keep him out for six weeks.
With the former Barnsley man, who had started the season as number one, also out, it has left Michael O’Neill desperately short in that position, even though Josef Bursik is set to be recalled from a loan at Doncaster.
Therefore, the Sun have confirmed that the Potters will look to bring in an emergency loan to provide a more experienced option and here we look at THREE players who should be on their radar…
The former Aston Villa man is actually a free agent, so Stoke could bring him in without any hassle at all.
And, on a short-term deal, it would make sense. Nyland was inconsistent at times for Villa but he played 23 times when they won promotion and also starred as they reached the League Cup final last season.
This would surely be the dream signing for O’Neill and it’s possible.
The former England international has just recovered from a serious knee injury that has ruled him out for almost a year, and in that time Aston Villa have signed Emi Martinez.
With Jed Steer as backup, the goalkeeping situation at Villa Park is healthy and Heaton would surely benefit more from playing for Stoke than the U23s. For a short spell, it could suit all parties.
The former Besiktas man is frozen out at Fulham, so would welcome the chance to play elsewhere.
Having impressed for the Turkish giants over the years, the 32-year-old would be the experienced figure that O’Neill wants behind his defence.
His lack of minutes recently is a concern but Fabri has excellent pedigree in Europe over the years.