American goalkeeper Friedel to join Tottenham

Brad Friedel agreed to join Tottenham on Friday from Aston

Villa, extending the career of one of the English Premier League’s

most adept and experienced goalkeepers.

The 40-year-old American will provide competition to erratic

Brazilian ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes, who has yet to eradicate the

errors from his game that have proved costly for Spurs this

season.

Friedel will move to his fourth English club since 1997 for free

because his Villa contract expires at the end of the month.

”Brad is a top goalkeeper of real quality who has great

experience,” Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said on the club

website. ”It is good to have three such experienced top

goalkeepers at the club in Gomes, Carlo (Cudicini) and now Brad and

it means we have competition for places particularly with the

number of games we will hopefully face next year, both domestically

and in Europe as well.”

Friedel holds the record for consecutive topflight appearances,

extending it to 275 matches last season before leaving Villa after

three years.

Friedel, who made 82 appearances for the United States, played

for the Columbus Crew, Galatasaray and Brondby before moving to

England in 1997 to join Liverpool. He spent eight years at

Blackburn.