NEIL Lennon has set his sights on Ben Amos as his number-one keeper next season.

Talks are now underway with the 24-year-old Manchester United stopper, who will be out of contract in the summer.

Wanderers had to act quickly after learning that Adam Bogdan would definitely be leaving the club.

Amos proved a big success on loan last season and with a few other Championship clubs in the market for a new keeper this summer, his talent comes at a considerable premium.

After picking up the number-one spot from the injured Andy Lonergan in late February, Amos conceded just six goals in eight starts and never more than a single goal in any one game.

He returned shortly before the end of the season with many Whites fans keen to see Wanderers bring him back full time.

Once the Liverpool-bound Bogdan rejected the chance of a new contract Amos was the obvious target, and Lennon will be hoping negotiations run smoothly so he will be able to announce him as an official signing at the start of next month.

The Wanderers boss also needs to find a back-up keeper, with untested youngsters Ross Fitzsimons and Harry Campbell the only other options around the first-team squad at present.

Meanwhile, Wanderers have watched Irish pair Richie Towell and Daryl Horgan, who play for League of Ireland outfit Dundalk.

Neil Lennon has kept tabs on Towell, a goal-scoring midfielder, since his days at Celtic.

Horgan is another highly-rated winger who has been watched and who falls into the right age bracket, although reports in the Irish press claim a fee of £500,000 would have to be paid for their services, which seems unlikely given the club’s tight finances at present.

Reports in South Wales claim last season’s top scorer at the Macron, Adam Le Fondre, could be on his way out of Cardiff City, with newly-promoted MK Dons looking to sign him.

Wanderers retain an interest in the 28-year-old but would be unable to buy him outright this summer, favouring a loan deal.

Le Fondre has two years left on his contract with Cardiff, who are looking to recoup as much of the £3million they paid out to Reading 12 months ago as they can.