With the recent departure of Costel Pantilimon, Manchester City are preparing to make a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, Mirror reports.

The club will now be searching for a back-up to current number one Joe Hart and could sign Westwood on a free transfer after he was released and is now a free agent.

At 29, the former Black Cats shot-stopper is experienced enough to play number two to Hart should anything go wrong in order to provide adequate cover.

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In addition, the fact that Manuel Pellegrini can sign the Republic of Ireland international on a free transfer will be very beneficial in his bids to make extra room in his financials.

It could also be in the keeper’s best interest, as he was born in Manchester and even trained with City as a kid, so a move could see him return back to his childhood home and team.

However, earning a first team place will be a huge challenge as Hart’s recent rise in form has cementing his place in Pellegrini’s plans.