Arsenal keeper Alex Runarsson in talks over permanent transfer to Turkish minnows Altay Spor after flop spell

ARSENAL goalkeeper Alex Runarsson is reportedly set to join Turkish side Altay Spor after just a year spent at the Emirates.

The Icelandic shot-stopper has failed to impress since joining from French outfit Dijon last year in a £1.5million deal.

Turkish outfit Altay Spor are reportedly closing in on the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Alex RunarssonCredit: Reuters

Runarsson, 26, was guilty of a howler against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup in December after fumbling Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick into his own net.

He has played just once since the 4-1 defeat against the Citizens, with Mat Ryan brought in on loan during the winter transfer window to provide back-up for Bernd Leno.

And according to journalist Ege Engin, he is close to linking up with newly-promoted Super Lig side Altay Spor on loan.

Goal have confirmed that Runarsson is set to depart, with Charles Watts stating that it could be a permanent transfer.

Meanwhile Football.London’s Chris Wheatley has declared the player will be leaving on loan, with it unclear if Altay Spor have an option to buy clause.

The Express have claimed that Arsenal will not sign a replacement for the outgoing Runarsson.

Instead, they will promote highly-rated academy star Arthur Okonkwo to provide competition for the No1 spot.

Though he will likely be the third-choice goalkeeper as Arteta looks to bring in another back-up following the end of Ryan’s loan spell.

Icelandic shot-stopper Runarsson has featured in just six games for the Gunners since joining last year

Icelandic shot-stopper Runarsson has featured in just six games for the Gunners since joining last yearCredit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail

West Brom ace Sam Johnstone has been linked with a switch to North London once he returns from international duty at Euro 2020.

And his England team-mate Aaron Ramsdale is another potential option for Arsenal.

Arsenal are yet to announce any arrivals yet this summer, though they are closing in on two signings.

Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares is in England ahead of his £7m switch to provide cover for Kieran Tierney.

Meanwhile Anderlecht skipper Albert Sambi Lokonga is believed to be nearing a move to replace Matteo Guendouzi.

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