Report: Southampton interested in signing Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on loan

Southampton are keen on signing the Arsenal goalkeeper on loan next season.

According to a report in the Sun, Southampton could move for Szczesny this summer, agreeing a loan deal for next season.

The 25-year-old stopper has found himself out of favour at the Emirates for the second half of this season, with David Ospina claiming the goalkeeping role as his own after Szczesny was reportedly caught smoking after a loss in the Premier League.

He has still featured in the FA Cup, and will be hoping to keep his place for the FA Cup Final later this month, but the 22-capped Polish international looks to have lost the chances of continuing his Gunners career due to Ospina’s impressive form.

This has opened the possibility of a summer exit from North London, and this has made Southampton aware of his availability heading into the start of the transfer window.

The Saints are keen on securing Szczesny on a loan deal, as they need cover for Fraser Forster, who will be out injured for the opening months of the campaign with a long-term injury.

Kelvin Davis has been deputising since Forster was injured this term, but he is not of the quality for a team facing European football, and Szczesny’s international teammate Artur Boruc is out of contract this summer, and is likely to agree a permanent deal with Bournemouth.

There is as yet no indication on Arsenal’s part as to whether they would be open to a loan move for Szczesny, as they too have no goalkeeping cover for Ospina, but he may push for a transfer if he is not guaranteed first-team football, especially as he fights for his international place ahead of Euro 2016.

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