Reds lead Friedel chase

American veteran could be heading back to Anfield

By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey.   Last Updated: 16/05/11 4:26pm

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Liverpool are leading the race to sign Brad Friedel and take him back to Anfield, skysports.com understands.

Friedel is out of contract in the summer at Aston Villa, and the Midlands club are keen for him to stay.

The American has held talks with Villa, but skysports.com understands that up to three other Premier League clubs are ready to make the 39-year-old an offer.

West Brom and Tottenham are also very keen on Friedel, who is set to make a decision on his future following Villa's final game of the season - which coincidentally is against Liverpool on Sunday.

Talks

Friedel's agent Tony McGill refused to confirm the interest of any of the Premier League clubs - insisting he would look at his options next week.

"I will be holding talks with Brad next week, once the season has finished and we will then go over his options," McGill told skysports.com.

"At the moment he is focused on Villa's final game, but also the birth of his next child which is imminent.

"I have read the newspaper speculation, but we are not going to talk about any clubs until the season has finished."

Friedel previously spent three years with Liverpool up to 2000, mainly serving as understudy to David James and Sander Westerveld, before he joined Blackburn - where he established himself as one of the Premier League's top keepers.

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