United clinch Kuszczak capture
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: 10/08/06 6:18pm
Manchester United have snapped up goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak from West Brom on a season-long loan.
The Baggies were keen to hold onto the 24-year-old and repelled three bids from The Red Devils, but have finally relented after being offered a new deal.
In exchange for Kuszczak, United have agreed to hand defender Paul McShane and goalkeeper Luke Steele to West Brom.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who set his sights firmly on Kuszczak earlier this summer despite possessing the reliable Edwin van der Sar and promising youngster Ben Foster, could take up the option of signing the Polish international permanently at the end of the forthcoming season.
West Brom, who recently signed Switzerland number one Pascal Zuberbuhler, believe the deal has worked out well for them.
"The club thought long and hard before sanctioning Tomasz's loan move," said chairman Jeremy Peace.
"I have had several meetings with the player, who expressed a very strong desire to move to United, with the potential to play in The Premiership and the UEFA Champions League.
"In the end we felt that these were exceptional circumstances, and that we would be denying Tomasz a major career opportunity if we insisted on him staying.
"We were only prepared to let Tomasz leave if it suited Albion, and the way the deal has been constructed does suit Albion.
"We have signed a talented young goalkeeper and an exciting centre half."
The deal has freed Foster up to join Watford on a second season-long loan deal at Vicarage Road.
Foster played a crucial role in securing promotion for The Hornets last term and will link up with Adrian Boothroyd's side for their entire Championship campaign.
"I was delighted to get the call on Wednesday giving me the all-clear to come down and sign all the paperwork," Foster said.
"Now I'm really looking forward to a year in The Premiership with Watford."