Arsenal could sign son of Manchester United legend - report

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Newcastle United have also been linked with the Leicester City stopper.

Sven Goran Eriksson's return to the news agenda, amid his autobiography being serialised, reminded us of his brief spell at Manchester City.

One of his greatest wins for the club was a 1-0 victory over rivals United - where young goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was the standout performer.

Schmeichel himself is back in the news - The Sunday People reported he is a transfer target for both Arsenal and Newcastle United.

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Schmeichel is in the last year of his contract at promotion challengers Leicester City, and is keen to explore his options by allowing it to run down.

The People claim: "Toon boss Alan Pardew and his Gunners counterpart Arsene Wenger are both admirers of Schmeichel, the son of Manchester United legend Peter, and see him as ideal back-up to current No.1s Tim Krul and Wojciech Szczesny."

Arsenal's stand-in goalkeepers are not long-term options. Fabianski's contract runs down at the end of the year, and Viviano is only at the club on a season long loan.

With Wojciech Szczesny having successfully ridden out a summer of speculation about a successor and signed a new deal, it's correct Arsenal will be in the market for a back-up, and have no need for a big name like a Victor Valdes.

Newcastle themselves possess Rob Elliot as stand-in, but there are doubts over whether he has the capability to deputise for a long period of time if Krul was to get injured, and Kasper Schmeichel would certainly provide competition.

His spell at City saw him phased out for Shay Given when Mark Hughes took over and loaned out, and he has played his football in the Football League ever since, signing for Leicester from Leeds in 2011.

He has played a lot of first team football in recent years, and at 26 he now possesses the sort of experience to make a new push for Premier League success.

Would he want to become a stand-in? Perhaps not, but it may be something the two-time Danish international has to accept if he wants to elevate his career in the short-term.

Would Schmeichel be a good signing as back-up? Is he good enough and if not who would you like to see as stand-in?

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