Tomasz Kuszczak set to leave Manchester United in January with interest from Premier League and Italian clubs

Pole surplus to requirements after signing of Lindegaard
By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent

Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has been told he can leave Old Trafford in search of first-team football in the New Year, UK has learned.

The Polish stopper is attracting interest from Italy and other Premier League clubs after being told last week that he can leave when the transfer window opens in January.

Kuszczak made only his 55th appearance in six seasons at the club in the 4-0 League Cup defeat at West Ham United on Tuesday night and has previously admitted he may be forced to look for a move.

The 28-year-old, who has previously been linked with Aston Villa, believes his United career is essentially over due to the imminent arrival of Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from Aalesund.

"Tomasz will not be a No.3 keeper, no way," a source told UK. "He would be No.1 at most clubs and after a frustrating time he now wants to play."

Kuszczak expressed his concerns in a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson last week and was told that his opportunities would now be limited and he would be allowed to seek a move.

The door has been left open for the former West Bromwich Albion man to fight for his place but he is committed to establishing himself as a first-choice goalkeeper elsewhere and wants to force his way into the Poland side.

Kuszczak has seen fellow goalkeeper Ben Foster excel since his £6 million summer switch from Manchester United to Birmingham City and now feels he needs to leave the club to further his career. UK understands there has been initial interest from clubs in England and Italy but Kuszczak is committed to making the "right" move and will keep his options open.

“If I don't get enough games I will have to do the same as Ben,” said Kuszczak in September. "Years are going by and I will be 29 after this season. I want to enjoy football and I want to play.”

Lindegaard will train with United throughout December but will not be eligible to play for his new team until January 1, at which point he is expected to take Kuszczak’s place as back up to Edwin van der Sar.

The United manager is also looking to sign a new first-choice goalkeeper for the start of next season, with 40-year-old Van der Sar expected to retire at the end of this campaign.

Kuszczak cost the club around £4m when he signed permanently from West Brom in 2007 after initially arriving a year earlier for a one-year loan spell.

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