Parma want ex-Arsenal loan flop

Emiliano Viviano

Parma are said to be lining up a bid for Emiliano Viviano after the goalkeeper's disappointing loan spell at Arsenal came to an end.

Emiliano Viviano's loan at Arsenal is unlikely to live long in the fans' memories, but Serie A side Parma may be ready to hand him the gloves.

Viviano was much hyped as a youngster and represented Italy at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level as well as picking up six senior caps.

However, when Viviano left Palermo to spend last season on loan at Arsenal, things didn't work out as the custodian would have hoped.

The towering 28-year-old didn't get a look-in at the Emirates Stadium and suffered the indignity of conceding five when he finally did make a start for the Under-21 side.

While Viviano has stressed that he has enjoyed his time at Arsenal and would happily consider staying in England, it appears that he may be headed back to his homeland.

La Gazzetta di Parma reports that French giants Monaco are trying to lure Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante, so the Ducali may replace him with Viviano.

Palermo, who have just been promoted to Serie A, still own Viviano, but they aren't expected to bring him back to base in Sicily.

Parma boss Roberto Donadoni is reportedly a fan of Viviano and may be ready to put his faith in a 'keeper who spent last season cooling his heels.

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