June 19 2013 Latest news:
By Stuart Watson
Monday, June 18, 2012
FORMER Manchester United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak is at the very top of manager Paul Jewell’s most wanted list.
The 30-year-old has been released by the Premier League giants after slipping down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
And the Evening Star understands that the Blues boss has told owner Marcus Evans that the club must do everything they can to beat off a host of other Championship suitors to his signature.
Town need strengthening in a number of key areas, but it is the position of goalkeeper that Jewell sees as his upmost priority.
The Blues have never really found themselves an established custodian since Kelvin Davis was sold to Sunderland in 2005.
Over the last 10 years an incredible 16 different players have started between the sticks for the club, with last season the most disrupted of them all.
Arran Lee-Barrett came in-and-out of the side, with David Stockdale (Fulham) and Alex McCarthy (Reading) both seeing loan spells cut short and Richard Wright making just one appearance during his third spell at Portman Road.
Jewell appears unconvinced that Lee-Barrett is the man to build a side in front of, saying recently that he is scouring the transfer market for a keeper who can become the club’s ‘established number one’.
Kuszczak grew frustrated at Old Trafford after Sir Alex Ferguson went out and signed David de Gea following Edwin van der Sar’s retirement, with Anders Lindegaard also seemingly becoming a preferred choice.
Released after starting just 43 games in six campaigns, the 10-capped Polish international ended last season on loan at Watford and was disappointed not to be selected for this summer’s European Championships, part-staged by his home nation.
A host of Championship clubs are believed to be interested in his signature, with the 6ft 3in former West Brom keeper taking his time to decide which is the best place for him to reignite his career.
USA international Brad Guzan – released by Aston Villa – is another keeper believed to be on the Blues’ list, the towering 27-year-old having been on loan at Hull City last year.