Jimmy Nielsen Replaces Out-Going Kevin Hartman In Kansas City Net

The Kansas City Wizards will turn to Jimmy Nielsen after failing to sign goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to a new contract.
Out with one peroxide blond goalkeeper, in with another.

As the Kansas City Wizards deal with the inability to sign goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to a new deal, the club brought in Danish net-minder Jimmy Nielsen.

The 32-year-old Dane joins from BK Vejle, where he played two years before the club was relegated at the end of last season. (Euan Holden currently plays for the club.) According to reports out of Denmark, Nielsen joins Kansas City on a one-year deal. Earlier, Vejle announced that only a medical stood between the goalkeeper and a deal with the Wizards.

Long-time start Hartman's contract expired at the end of 2009, and the club has failed to sign him to a new deal.

“He will not be back at this point,” Wizards head coach Peter Vermes told the Kansas City Star. “We went through a long, extensive negotiation, and we were just unable to come to terms.

“It’s been 22 days that we’ve been in camp. At the end of the day, we have to start putting together the pieces we need for our team this year.”

38-year-old former Tottenham and Leichester City goalkeeper Ian Walker also trained with the club in an effort to earn a contract.

For all the latest transfer news visit Goal.com's Transfer Zone.