Former Man Utd keeper Kuszczak claims Newcastle loan offer

Comments()
Getty Images
The 36-year-old has been told he can now leave Birmingham after being denied the chance of a Premier League return in January

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has revealed that Newcastle United tried to sign him on loan in January.

Newcastle were on the lookout for a new keeper both last summer and in January, and eventually brought in Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague to great effect.

Dubravka has subsequently signed a permanent contract at St James’ Park, but Birmingham’s Kuszczak claims he was one of the keepers Newcastle had previously been interested in signing.

But Kuszczak, who was also a target for Derby County, says Birmingham rejected the approach from Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.

Speaking to Przeglad Sportowy , he said: “In the winter transfer window, I had a loan offer from Newcastle, and Derby also approached me. However, Birmingham said that I should stay at the club.”

Kuszczak previously spent six years at Old Trafford, making over 60 appearances for United, but he has not played in the Premier League since 2012.

He has since gone onto play for Watford, Brighton, Wolves and now Birmingham, but has not made a first-team appearance since last November.

The 36-year-old has been told he can leave the club by manager Garry Monk and he will consider his options before deciding whether to take up the opportunity.

Article continues below

He added: “My contract is still valid for a year, but the situation has changed a little, because after the season I received a green light to be transferred.

“I am waiting for a signal from my representatives. Other managers already know that a transfer option has appeared.

“I am calm, if there are no good offers then I will wait for a year, then I will be a free agent.”

Next article:
Allegri: Supercoppa clash practice for Champions League knockouts
Next article:
Henry, Vieira look forward to reunion when Monaco host Nice
Next article:
MLS confirms Austin FC as 27th team, will begin play in 2021
Next article:
USMNT defender Zimmerman signs new contract with Los Angeles FC
Next article:
FA Cup 2018-19: Draw, fixtures, results & guide to each round
Close