With Victor Valdes completing his long-awaited move to Manchester United this week, it appears as though now-third-choice goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard’s time at Old Trafford is drawing to a close.
Lindegaard, 30, was singed from Norwegian club Aalesunds FK in November 2010 for around £3.5 million with the intention of developing into Edwin van der Sar’s successor, but the arrival of David de Gea the following summer has since limited his first-team opportunities.
The Denmark international made just three senior appearances last season and is still to start a game under Louis van Gaal this term, with a winter exited mooted since Valdes first began training with the club as a free agent in October.
According to Danish national newspaper BT, several teams in Scandinavian are interested in a move for the out-of-favour keeper, with FC Midtjylland even reported to have entered since-failed talks with United last month over a potential deal.
Lindegaard, however, is understood to be keen to stick around in English football and, with a handful of teams looking for goalkeeping help in the mid-season window, he could have a number of options available to him.
One potential destination, which BT themselves have suggested could be on the cards, is Everton, where Roberto Martinez has made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that he is looking for a long-term option to challenge Tim Howard.
Howard himself made the switch from United to Goodison Park in 2006 after losing the number one role to Van der Sar, and it’s feasible that Lindegaard could now follow in his footsteps.
Now 35, the US international’s performances this season have come in for a considerable amount of criticism, having owned the worst shot-stopping record in the league up to Christmas at 46%, and calls for competition to be brought in sooner rather than later are growing ever-louder.
Sidelined for five weeks at the moment with a calf strain, Spaniard Joel Robles has been deputising for the past three games, but Martinez’s comments this week suggest that he is not convinced his compatriot can be a long-term solution.
"In January, the goalkeeping situation is something we need to look into," he said ahead of Tuesday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with West Ham United.
"But it is not about bringing in someone just for the sake of it. I would rather make it a long-term signing. I don't think short-term would be a solution for us now."
Lindegaard has often been given a hard time from United fans in the past for the mere fact that he is not De Gea, but it’s worth noting that the six-times capped stopper has in fact performed well when called upon, even usurping the starting job from his teammate on a couple of occasions during their first two seasons together in Manchester.
While his contract still has another 18 months left to run, all reports up to this point have suggested that United are not looking for a sizeable fee in return for his services, and a bid from the Toffees would perhaps even be welcomed considering the club appear so keen to get him off their books.
There could well be other options out there on the market that Everton are considering at present but, looking at what works best for both sides, all the pieces of the puzzle do indeed seem to fit together.