United scouting Adler
Bayer Leverkusen claim Manchester United have scouted Germany international goalkeeper Rene Adler.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 27/12/10 3:23pm
Bayer Leverkusen executive Wolfgang Holzhauser claims Manchester United have scouted Germany international goalkeeper Rene Adler.
United are understood to be tracking shot-stoppers around Europe as they prepare for the expected retirement of Edwin van der Sar at the end of the season.
New signing Anders Lindegaard has started training with the Old Trafford club and will be officially registered in January, but boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to still want an experienced No.1.
United have been linked with an audacious move to sign Liverpool's Jose Reina, but Holzhauser thinks that 25-year-old Adler, a former first-choice for Germany, is also on the Premier League club's list of possible signings.
Holzhauser told BILD when asked about interest from United: "That's true. He has even been scouted."
However, the Leverkusen executive is optimistic that Adler will sign a new contract at the BayArena.
"We know there are people on their way, but we are relaxed," he said.
"We have been talking to Rene about a new deal. We want to sign a new contract with him in the next few months."