Manchester City are plotting a January move for unsettled Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer as a potential replacement for Joe Hart, according to reports from The Metro.

The Dutch stopper is believed to be one of the Sky Blues’ potential targets to replace their benched glovesman in the New Year.

Vermeer graduated from the Amsterdam side’s youth set-up and has become one of the longest serving players in their current set-up, but has struggled for playing time this season.

As a result he is ready to leave Ajax in a bid to get his career back on track:

“I need to playing and I’m not doing that at Ajax,” he said.

“I have other options and will discuss them with my agent in January. You never know what is around the corner in football.”

The 27-year-old – who has ambitions of representing his nation at next summer’s World Cup – is believed to be available for around £2m, and has a reputation as a solid and dependable shot-stopper.

City chief Manuel Pellegrini lost patience with Hart after an error-strewn start to the season, and has replaced him with previous back-up option Costel Pantilimon.

Although the Romanian has been between the sticks for a number of impressive results, his manager is thought to be unsure as to whether he has the ability to be his number one, and could use Vermeer in the role for the remainder of the season.

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