EPL blow for Schwarzer as Hull sign McGregor

Mark Schwarzer has seen his chances of securing first-team Premier League football next season diminish, with Hull bringing in Scotland's Allan McGregor

Mark Schwarzer's hopes of securing first-team football at an English Premier League club have suffered a blow, with the news Hull City have signed Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Besiktas.

McGregor, 31, has signed a three-year deal with Steve Bruce's side, although the move is still subject to securing international clearance.

Hull had been touted as a possible destination for Schwarzer after the veteran Socceroo officially ended his five-year stay at Fulham.

David Stockdale, Schwarzer's former team-mate at Fulham, spent much of last season on loan at Hull, helping the club secure promotion from the Championship, but he has since returned to Craven Cottage, where he is expected to find himself behind new arrival Maarten Stekelenburg in the pecking order.

Of the other promoted teams, Schwarzer would be unlikely to displace Cardiff's 28-year-old David Marshall, while club stalwart Julian Speroni, 34, is assured of his place between the sticks at Crystal Palace.

That leaves Sunderland - who lost Simon Mignolet to Liverpool last week - and Southampton as Schwarzer's most likely options.

Keiren Westwood is Sunderland's only senior goalkeeper, and has made just nine appearances for the team in two years at the Stadium of Light, meaning manager Paolo di Canio could be tempted by Schwarzer's considerable experience.

And although Southampton have four goalkeepers on their books, including former Celtic man Artur Boruc, none convinced with any regularity last season.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup less than 12 months away, former Australia goalkeeper Mark Bosnich this week called on Schwarzer to consider a move to the A-League if he is unable to secure first-team football in the Premier League.

McGregor meanwhile will hope to cement his place as Scotland manager Gordan Strachan's number one ahead of Marshall during the coming season.

"I'm really excited to be here and I'm happy that everything is done now," McGregor told Hull's official website.

"I can't wait to get started here. This is a great chance for me to play in the Premier League and I'm looking forward to the season ahead."

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