Report: Aston Villa interested in Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli

The 30-year-old Italian played one match for Liverpool during a loan spell on Merseyside in 2007.

After seeing a deal for Hajduk Split’s Lovre Kalinic collapse, Aston Villa are now reported to have taken their search for a new goalkeeper to Serie A.

According to Italian news outlet Calcio News 24, the Premier League strugglers are weighing up a move for Torino shot-stopper Daniele Padelli as the winter transfer window heads into its final week.

The report comes after Villa’s prospective move for Kalinic broke down last week over work permit issues after the club had agreed a £4.9 million deal with Hajduk for the two-time capped Croatia international's signature.

In the meantime, summer signing Mark Bunn has taken over the No. 1 job in recent weeks due to Brad Guzan’s on-going struggles, but despite conceding just one goal in his three league starts, the former Norwich City man has been relatively untested so far – having only needed to make a combined total of five saves.

The likes of the Birmingham Mail have claimed that manager Remi Garde is still determined to find a new keeper after admitting defeat in his attempt to sign Kalinic, and it now looks as if he has turned his attention to Padelli.

The 30-year-old Italian, who had a six-month loan spell at Liverpool in 2007, has played 95 times for the Serie A side since being signed on a free transfer from Udinese in 2013 and received his first senior international call-up in August 2014 following a breakout 2013-14 season.

However, he lost his starting place to Salvador Ichazo earlier this month after committing a series of goal-gifting blunders over the first half of the campaign and hit the headlines last term when he conceded a Peter Enckelman-esque own goal in a 1-0 home defeat to Empoli.

His signature would likely not break the bank, but when Villa have already had problems with one error-prone keeper this season, his recent plight serves as serious cause for concern.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch