Baggies sign Swiss shot-stopper
West Bromwich Albion have moved to replace Chris Kirkland by signing Swiss World Cup shot-stopper Pascal Zuberbuhler.
With Kirkland's loan spell ending, and doubts remaining over the future of Tomasz Kuszczak, with Manchester United circling, Bryan Robson has reinforced his goalkeeping options by capturing the experienced international on a free transfer.
Zuberbuhler set a new World Cup record in Germany, keeping a clean sheet for 390 minutes as Switzerland became the first ever country to be eliminated without conceding a goal.
The 35-year-old was out of contract at Basel and has now opted to move to the West Midlands, penning a two-year deal with The Baggies.
The arrival of the experienced custodian seemingly opens up the possibility that Kuszczak could be moving to Old Trafford, but Robson insists he wants both keepers to compete for a place in his squad for the coming Championship season.
"Pascal is a vastly experienced goalkeeper and with Chris Kirkland going out, we needed a replacement," Robson told the club's official website.
"We needed another goalkeeper to compete with Tomasz.
"He is number one with Switzerland and he was rated as one of the top couple of goalkeepers in the World Cup.
"It's up to Tomasz and him to challenge for a place."
Zuberbuhler joins West Brom with a wealth of European and international experience under his belt, and is the club's third signing of the summer following John Hartson and Chris Perry.
I think he joins WB to replace Tomasz and not to compete with him as Robson said :rollani: