Aston Villa goalkeeper Scott Carson has revealed his desire to make his loan move from Liverpool permanent and is optimistic Martin O’Neill’s side can provide him with European football.
Carson is currently only at Villa Park for this season but is keen to stay after adjusting to life with the midlands club.
The England international has been in impressive form and kept another clean sheet in Saturday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League home success over rock-bottom Derby.
Carson said: "I think something has been agreed whereby, if everyone is happy, it could be made a permanent transfer.
"That's obviously up to the boss but it’s something I would welcome. I want to establish myself as a number one and preferably I would like to do it here.
"I’ve been out on loan a lot over the past couple of seasons and it’s not easy when you keep moving up and down the country. It would be nice to settle at a club that I like and where the fans like me.
"I’ve settled in well here at Villa. Everyone has welcomed me and that has been a big help. What I want now is to be settled for the next five to 10 years. I want to play as many games as possible."
Villa are only four points off fourth spot in the Premier League after goals from Martin Laursen and Ashley Young disposed of Derby.
Carson said: "When I first came to Villa, I said I had to be looking to get into Europe and, from the way we have been playing, it is not out of the question.
"Some of our performances have been very encouraging and we should take heart from them. If we keep it going, we will pick up more points than we drop."