Bayern Munich eyeing surprise move for ex-Manchester United keeper

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Reports in Germany claim that Bayern Munich are lining up a surprise move for ex-Manchester United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak to back-up Manuel Neuer after injuries to Pepe Reina and Tom Starke.

Bayern Munich are reported to be lining up a surprise move for former Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, as manager Pep Guardiola looks to find a short-term solution to back-up Manuel Neuer.

German newspaper Die Welt claims that the Bavarian giants have turned to the Polish shot-stopper after injuries to Pepe Reina and Tom Starke have left number one Manuel Neuer as the club's lone first-team option.

Kuszczak, 32, has been a free agent since leaving Brighton & Hove Albion this summer after his contract expired, leaving him free to sign outside the transfer window, and his big-match experience in both the Premier League and Europe would make him a solid addition.

The 11-times capped international in fact began his professional career in German football with Hertha Berlin, before moving on to West Bromwich Albion in 2004, where he established himself as the club’s first-choice during the 2005-06 season.

He moved to United on loan in August 2006 after West Brom’s relegation, in a deal which saw fellow keeper Luke Steele and Paul McShane move in the opposite direction, before making his switch permanent the following summer.

Going on to win three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Champions League during his five seasons at Old Trafford, Kuszczak then signed for Brighton in June 2012, where he helped the Championship club to successive top-six finishes before being released this summer.

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