Aston Villa have agreed a deal to bring ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina back to the Premier League, according to multiple sources.
Dean Smith’s side were in need of adding reinforcements between the sticks after the knee ligament injury suffered by Tom Heaton recently ruled the England stopper out for the remainder of the season.
Stand-in Orjan Nyland performed admirably in Wednesday night’s Carabo Cup clash with Leicester City, with a plethora of saves ensuring the tie remained deadlocked ahead of the return leg at Villa Park.
Those heroics were not enough to curtail Smith’s desire for a goalkeeping addition however, with numerous outlets reporting that the Villains will soon acquire AC Milan goalkeeper Reina.
#AVFC have agreed a deal with AC Milan to take goalkeeper Pepe Reina on loan for the rest of the season.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 10, 2020
Reina is most famous from his time in the red of Liverpool, immediately assuming the gloves upon signing in 2005 despite the heroics of Jerzy Dudek in the Champions League final in Istanbul.
That decision was quickly vindicated, with Reina winning the Premier League’s golden gloves for keeping the most clean sheets in league competition for the next three years running.
Reina since enjoyed two spells with Napoli and one each with Bayern Munich and AC Milan, but now appears set to return to England with Aston Villa.