THREE teams who could target United's out of favour international

Despite making only his second appearance of the season in Manchester United's 2-1 loss to Swansea City, goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard insists he is happy.

But with the January transfer window now open, could the Danish international choose to leave Old Trafford with Spaniard David de Gea the unquestionable number one goalkeeper under David Moyes?

Lindegaard revealed his frustration both at United's display against Michael Laudrup's side, and at the lack of first team football he is currently receiving under Moyes. 

'It is very frustrating. You want to show the best side of yourself when you get the chance. You can't do any more or less. That is how football is and that is how it is to be a goalkeeper. We don't have the luxury of being able to put ourselves on the scene. We have to wait for something to happen before we can show what we can do. A goalkeeper can't get the ball and go for a run to show what they can do as we are in a static position. We have to wait before we can help the team.

'Two or four games - it is still not enough. I want to play more but I have to underline I am happy to be at United. To be part of the club, for me as a human being, is almost better than ever because of familiar things, and family and so on. It is a weird situation. In other years, I have played more but not felt as good as I do right now.'

Whilst Lindegaard may not want to leave Old Trafford in a permanent deal, a short term loan move to another Premier League team could help the Dane rediscover his form and fitness ahead of the summer, where he could challenge De Gea again or look for a long term move away from the club. Here are three clubs who could be interested in the 28 year old this month.

Cardiff City

Now managed by former Old Trafford hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a number of ex-United players have been linked with moves to South Wales. Magnus Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli look set to join Solskjaer at the Cardiff City Stadium, but there may still be question marks over the goalkeeping position. Orjan Nyland from Solskjaer's old club Molde has been linked with the club, but a short term loan deal for Lindegaard – who Solskjaer helped bring to United in the first place – would improve a defence that will need to stay tight in order to stay up.


The Black Cats lost star goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Liverpool in the summer, and his only replacement was Arsenal backup Vito Mannone. Whilst the Italian has recently dislodged Kieran Westwood as the first choice stopper under Gus Poyet, they could still stand to improve as they look to haul themselves away from relegation trouble. Sunderland have a long history of working with United to sign players, and currently have Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Phil Bardsley at the club, which could work in their favour should they target Lindegaard.

West Ham United

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce played down their need for a goalkeeper yesterday, but having seen both Jussi Jaaskelainen and Adrian struggle to hold their place in the first team down, there is definitely a need for a goalkeeper at Upton Park. West Ham are currently at the wrong end of the Premier League table and their leaky defence is a big reason for that, with only four teams in the Premier League conceding more than the Hammers so far this season. Lindegaard would provide a much more steady option in goal, with goalkeeping errors continually being a downfall for Allardyce's men.

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