Out of contract goalkeeper Guy Smit has been handed a two-week trial at Arsenal, where he will try to earn a permanent move.
The 20 year-old is yet to make a senior appearance, but has impressed for NEC Nijmegen’s youth side, and could now be set to move to England this summer.
A number of Championship sides are also believed to be interested in signing the youngster, but he has started a trial at the Emirates Stadium, in hope of landing a role for the Premier League challengers.
Smit said: “This opportunity I have to seize.”
The Dutch youngster could be given the chance to try and follow in the steps of Vito Mannone, Lukasz Fabianki or Wojciech Szczesny, who all joined the North-London side at young ages, and have all gone on to become first-team shot stoppers in top tier sides.
Should Smit join, he could be set to rival Matt Macey as back-up goalkeeper to Petr Cech, with Szczesny and David Ospina both linked with the exit door this window.
The Pole is expected to return to Serie A side Roma this month on loan, where he enjoyed a regular first-team role last term, something he is unlikely to earn should he stay with Arsenal for the new campaign.
Ospina is also believed to be pushing for an exit, having managed only four league outings in the entire 2015-16 term. The Colombian is claimed to have been put up for sale for £3.3 Million, with Besiktas linked with his capture.
Whatever happens this summer, one thing we know for certain is that Petr will be given the number one role this term, unless he is ruled out through injury. Who will play as his deputy is yet to be determined however…
Do you think Ospina and Szczesny will both be allowed to leave?