Reports of heavily subsidised loan for Fraser Forster should interest Leeds, Aston Villa and Birmingham

England goalkeepers Tom Heaton, Fraser Forster and Joe Hart warm up  during the England training session at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on March 25, 2017 in Enfield, England.

Southampton are said to be ready to cover a bulk of Forster's wages to sent him on loan, which should alert the likes of Leeds United, Aston Villa and Birmingham City.

Fraser Forster of Southampton gives his eam instructions during the Premier League match between Southampton and Huddersfield Town at St Mary's Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Southampton,...

Southampton are willing to loan out Fraser Forster and will fund the bulk of his £65,000-a-week wages, according to the Sun (July 12, page 57).

If true, that could offer a lifeline to clubs outside of England's Premier League who are looking to strengthen their options in goal.

And the following three may wish to take note...

Leeds United

Leeds are desperate for a new number one after clearing the decks this summer, leaving the inexperienced Bailey Peacock-Farrell as their only senior option in goal. However, a move for David Stockdale - a lifelong Leeds fan - is said to have stalled over Birmingham's demands. Hexham-born Forster may fancy a return north if he is to leave Southampton this summer.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Aston Villa

Villa's precarious financial state left them forced to watch through their fingers as last season's first choice, Sam Johnstone, signed for West Bromwich Albion instead, via Manchester United. But the Villans could soon have some room for manoeuvre after manager Steve Bruce admitted sales of their own players are inevitable, and Forster may appeal depending on how generous Southampton are feeling.

A general view of the ground prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Birmingham City

Another Championship club with a firm eye on Financial Fair Play, Birmingham are said to want several players off the wage bill this summer, including senior goalkeepers Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak. And it is possible a move for Forster could work out cheaper than keeping the pair on board. The relationship between Southampton and their former player Garry Monk, the Birmingham manager, may work in the Blues' favour.

A general view of  St Andrews ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town at St Andrews on February 6, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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