Goalkeeper Lindegaard completes move to Man United

Denmark goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard will be eligible to play

for Manchester United in January after completing his moving to the

Premier League club.

United announced Saturday that the 26-year-old Lindegaard has

left Aalesund on a 3 1/2-year deal. Financial details weren’t

disclosed.

Lindegaard, who has won four caps for Denmark, could be the

long-term successor to Edwin van der Sar if the 40-year-old

Dutchman retires as expected at the end of the season.

”Anders is one of the brightest young ‘keepers in the game,”

United manager Alex Ferguson said on the club’s website. ”The

challenge at Manchester United is always to look to the future, and

in Anders we have signed a goalkeeper of great presence and even

more promise.

”Having the time to train with him before he is registered will

be an important period for him – almost like a preseason to get him

integrated with the other players.”

While Lindegaard can start training with his new teammates

immediately, he can’t play for United until the transfer window

reopens in January.

”The club is such an institution in Denmark, it’s an honor to

come here,” Lindegaard said. ”I’m looking forward to playing and

training alongside some of the great players in football today.

”I can’t wait to be part of this team and to make my

contribution to keeping the team at the top of the game.”

The current understudy to Van der Sar is Tomasz Kuszczak. The

28-year-old Pole has played only three times this season.