Crystal Palace are interested in signing Portsmouth goalkeeper Alex Bass this summer, according to London News Online.
Vicente Guaita, then, might just be feeling a bit of extra pressure ahead of Sunday’s trip to the increasingly doomed Aston Villa.
After all, the usually reliable Spaniard has not looked himself since project re-start got underway, palming a Ben Mee header into his own net in the 1-0 loss against Burnley, before being beaten at his near post by an admittedly scorching Christian Pulisic strike in midweek.
With Crystal Palace setting their sights on one of the most impressive young shot-stoppers in the Football League, Guaita will be hoping to avoid another error before the season is out.
London News Online report that 22-year-old Bass has played his way on to the radar of Roy Hodgson’s Premier League outfit after a superb breakthrough season at Pompey.
Bass arguably made two mistakes of his own as Portsmouth lost to Oxford United in the League One play-off semi-finals, but that will not put Palace off a highly-rated glovesman with huge potential.
Interestingly, the 6ft 3ins giant only forced his way into Kenny Jackett’s starting XI on New Years Day.
But, after ousting the far more experienced Connor McGillivray, he has not looked back.
And, at just 22, Bass would fit the bill for a Palace side who are looking to reduce the average age of the Premier League’s second-oldest squad.
Guaita, in contrast, is 33 now and out of contract next year.