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Gent want Valencia's Matt Ryan amid interest from La Liga, Ligue 1 clubs

KAA Gent have joined the race to sign Valencia goalkeeper Matt Ryan in the January transfer window, according to the Belgian club's managing director Michel Louwagie.

Ryan, 24, started in the Spanish club's opening two La Liga games but has since fallen in the pecking order. Coach Cesare Prandelli's preferred choices have been Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves and Jaume Domenech.

Asked about his club's interest in Ryan, Louwagie said to Het Laatste Nieuws, as reported in Superdeporte: "It's not going to be easy because there are French and Spanish teams also keen to sign him. But we are interested, we have spoken to him and we are going to try."

Superdeporte recently reported that Osasuna, bottom in the La Liga standings, have already informed Valencia of their intention to acquire the Australia international on loan once the transfer market opens.

Louwagie believes Ryan's high wages could be a hurdle when negotiating.

He said: "The problem is that he earns €2 million per season so it's not going to be easy."

A move to Gent would see Ryan return to the Belgian Super League, where he played for Club Brugge and was voted the best goalkeeper in the competition before his transfer to Valencia in the summer of 2015.

Ryan said last month he wants more playing time and is open to a move.

"With the situation like it is at my club, if I'm not getting the desired game time, then I'll be looking at my options," he said.

"Football is like life -- a lot can happen between now and January when that window opens."

Ryan made 19 appearances for Valencia last season and is under contract with Los Che until June 2021.

Gent won 1-0 at Konyaspor on Thursday to progress to the knockout round of the Europa League as second in Group H.

They are fifth in Belgium's top flight, three points adrift of leaders Zulte-Waregem after 17 games played.