Manchester Untied manager Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to offload goalkeeper David de Gea as question marks were raised again over his ability to cope with the physical style of play in the Premier League after conceding 2 goals against West Ham in the FA Cup. The Mirror reports that Ferguson is looking at keepers who can play in Europe and could make the deal in January.
De Gea was signed as a long-term replacement for the retired Edwin Van der Saar from Atletico Madrid in 2011 but has failed to adapt to the demands of the Premier League. He has often been shuffled with Anders Lindegaard but has started the last 8 games for the club. However, teams regularly exploit the Spaniard’s weaknesses with long balls and set pieces as was evident against West Ham last weekend.
Sir Alex has reportedly asked the club hierarchy for funds for a new keeper in January but has limited options as he wants his new No.1 to be eligible to play in the Champions League. Two names to emerge are Stoke City custodian Asmir Begovic and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.
Begovic has kept the most clean sheets in the league this season but Stoke are unwilling to sell their star player. Reina’s future at Anfield is uncertain with the club linked to Birmingham’s Jack Butland, but Liverpool would not want to sell to one of their fiercest rivals.