Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has confirmed his interest in Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
It was widely reported that Villa assistant Gary McAllister attended the Gers' 1-0 UEFA Champions League defeat to Manchester United in midweek.
Rangers boss Walter Smith insisted that McAllister's presence did not automatically mean McGregor was heading to Villa Park.
But now Houllier has confirmed that he did dispatch McAllister, along with goalkeeping coach Rafael Gonzalez, to watch McGregor as he looks for the long-term replacement for current No.1 Brad Friedel.
"Yes, we went to see him (McGregor) play," admitted Houllier.
"I'm very happy with Brad but I'm conscious he is 39 and I'd be silly not to look to the long term.
"Obviously, he didn't have a good game versus Blackburn but, since the start of the season, he's been spot on.
"He's got experience and I trust him. I think he's a good goalkeeper, been a good buy.
"Long term, we need to prepare for the future. I need to see the reserve goalkeeper (Brad Guzan) as well."
Houllier admits he is unlikely to make any major moves in the transfer window
in the New Year, adding: "In January, I don't think I'll make many moves because there will be many injured players coming back.
"I've seen Nigel Reo-Coker running this morning and maybe in two weeks' time he'll be back.
"I am also hoping Emile Heskey starts (training) with us on Monday or Tuesday.
"I also don't want to buy what we have. It's definitely in midfield where we need to buy one or two players."