By Sami Mokbel
Arsenal are lining up a swoop for Swansea’s Michel Vorm as Arsene Wenger prepares for a summer goalkeeping shake-up.
Sportsmail can reveal senior Gunners scouts have watched Vorm in recent weeks because Wenger wants an experienced keeper to provide competition for current No 1 Wojciech Szczesny.
Manuel Almunia’s contract expires at the end of the season and he will leave north London after spending eight years at the club.
West Ham are considering a move for the 34-year-old if they secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League via the play-offs – though they would expect Almunia to take a pay cut on his £60,000-per-week salary.
Lukasz Fabianski will also be allowed to leave, either on a season-long loan or a permanent move. Wenger feels Fabianski has a future at Arsenal, but the Pole wants regular first-team football.
That leaves Wenger with two spaces to fill. It is understood one of the places will go to highly-rated 19-year-old Damian Martinez, who will be promoted to the first team squad.
But Wenger could find it difficult to persuade Vorm – who has been included in Holland’s provisional Euro 2012 squad – to swap being Swansea’s first-choice keeper for the role of Szczesny’s understudy.