Patrick Vieira wants to sign out-of-favour Liverpool man who cost Reds £9million

Simon Mignolet could be offered a route out of Liverpool by Patrick Vieira’s Nice.

The goalkeeper is backup to Alisson, a £65million summer signing from Roma.

He has not started a league game this season, with Jurgen Klopp preferring the Brazilian.

But Het Belang van Limburg , a newspaper in Mignolet’s native Belgium, are reporting that French side Nice, are keen on signing the 30-year-old in January.

The Ligue 1 outfit, managed by Arsenal legend Vieira, are ninth in the table.

However, the report claims that the former midfielder is not happy with his current options between the sticks, Yoan Cardinale and Walter Benitez, and would like to find a replacement.

Mignolet, signed from Sunderland for £9million in 2013, wanted to leave Liverpool in summer, but had to stay after fellow keeper Loris Karius moved on loan to Besiktas.

At the time, he told of his frustration at not being allowed to leave.

He said: “The transfer of Karius doesn’t change anything for me. I have always been clear: I want to play.

“Being number two or number three makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important thing.

“Nobody has said anything to me after the departure of Loris. So I don’t know what my future at Liverpool is. We will see what happens this week.”

“I find it bizarre that Karius was loaned while I also had options to be loaned. But for some reason that was not possible.

“A goalkeeper who was preferred to me last year may leave on a loan basis. Strange.”

His only start this season has come in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea. The Reds lost that match 2-1.

Speaking ahead of that game, Klopp said: "He’s been brilliant for me."

Alisson has conceded just five goals in the Premier League so far this season.

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