French press: Aston Villa, Newcastle lining up ambitious moves for Salvatore Sirigu

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Aston Villa and Newcastle are reportedly pursuing Paris Saint-Germain ace Salvatore Sirigu.

According to the print edition of French newspaper France Football, as reported by Foot Mercato, Aston Villa and Newcastle are pursuing Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Sirigu, 28, joined PSG from Palermo in 2011, and he has been a key player in recent years, racking up over 175 appearances in four seasons with the club.

Now though, Sirigu has been demoted to second choice following the signing of Kevin Trapp from Eintracht Frankfurt over the summer, and he could look to leave the French giants as a result.

With 14 Italy caps, Sirigu has long been thought of as the successor to Gianluigi Buffon with the Azzurri, but his aspirations of playing at Euro 2016 will take a major hit unless he finds first-team football this season.

It's now being suggested in the print edition of French newspaper France Football, as reported by Foot Mercato, that Sirigu is attracting strong interest from both Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Villa have seen first choice stopper Brad Guzan endure a difficult start to the Premier League season, and new manager Remi Garde - who will be familiar with Sirigu having managed against him in Ligue 1 with Lyon - could look to Sirigu as a replacement in January.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have encountered a major goalkeeping crisis this season, with Tim Krul ruled out for the season and Karl Darlow also encountering injury problems.

A move for another goalkeeper in January wouldn't be a surprise for Newcastle, and Sirigu - who has Champions League experience to his name - would be an ambitious target for either Villa or the Magpies when the transfer window re-opens.

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