Former Liverpool and Fulham left-back John Arne Riise claims Aston Villa are among the clubs interested in signing him.
The 33-year-old Norwegian international played 20 Premier League games for Fulham last season, before his contract expired at the end of the disappointing campaign which saw the team relegated to the Championship.
Now searching for a new club, Riise claims he has had some contact from Spain over the summer, as well as from elsewhere in England, but singled out Villa as one team in particular who were interested in his signature.
‘There has been some interest from a few English clubs,’ he told VG. ‘Aston Villa is one of them.
‘There has been some interest from Spain also, but there is nothing on the table yet.
‘Of course there has been interest and things I have rejected,’ he added. ‘I will take the time needed. It has to be right for me and my family.’
It’s evident that Villa manager Paul Lambert has been attempting to add some much-needed Premier League experience to bolster his thin squad so far this summer, having signed veterans Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos on a pair of frees, as well as Kieran Richardson from Fulham for a nominal fee.
Having made over 300 top-flight appearances between spells at Liverpool and Craven Cottage, Riise is another player who quite clearly fits that description, although the recent £2.5 million signing of ex-Anfield loanee Aly Cissokho from Valencia means first-team minutes would be far from guaranteed.
Nevertheless, with current alternatives Joe Bennett and Enda Stevens failing to impress during their time at the club, and Lambert keen to use Richardson in his more natural attacking role, the Champions League-winning defender could well provide useful cover as a backup option.