United close on Kuszczak
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Man United are edging closer to signing West Brom keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
Manchester United are edging closer to signing West Brom goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
The Poland international has emerged as a summer target of United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and a deal is in the pipeline.
Reports earlier this month claimed United would offer £2 million for the shot-stopper after Baggies boss Bryan Robson confirmed the interest from his former club.
Robson also admitted he would only consider selling the 24-year-old if The Red Devils lodged an acceptable bid.
It appears United have met West Brom's valuation after Ferguson revealed the club are 'in the process' of bringing Kuszczak to Old Trafford.
Ferguson has moved for the Polish number two to provide back-up to the veteran Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar.
"We are in the process of tying up a deal with Kuszczak from West Brom," said Ferguson.
"He has Premier League experience and he will be the number two to Edwin van der Sar.
"Edwin's got another year left on his contract, but I think that Tomasz is a possibility depending on how he does. His form last year was superb.
"He's a terrific signing by us and I think by this time next year we'll be in a very strong position with goalkeepers, for one of the first times since Peter Schmeichel."
After allowing Tim Howard to join Everton on loan, and with Ben Foster due to return to Watford for another season, Ferguson would have been without a senior understudy to van der Sar.
But Kuszczak is now likely to be offered that role, and a swift return to The Premiership, following Ferguson's admission.
The Baggies have already made contingency plans for Kuszczak's probable exit by signing Swiss shot-stopper Pascal Zuberbuhler on a two-year contract.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has confirmed that England hopeful Foster will be heading back to Watford after an impressive last season at Vicarage Road.
He added: "We have an agreement with Watford that the boy goes back for the full year."