Aston Villa have been given permission to open talks with Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel.
Villa have already had a £2million offer accepted and were waiting to be given the go-ahead to discuss personal terms.
“We’ve been given permission to speak to the player and that’s something that we want to do,” Villa manager Martin O’Neill told the club’s official website.
“But there are still a lot of things to happen.
“We’re in the process of strengthening the squad and this is all part of our efforts to add strength in depth.”