Arsenal and United fight for 'new Schmeichel' nears conclusion

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Aalesund goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard looks set to seal a January move to the Premier League.

Arsenal and Manchester United have reportedly been pursuing the 26-year-old for some time and his future now appears to be away from Norway.

The Danish stopper made his international debut earlier this month and has attracted attention from across Europe. And, with speculation over a potential transfer increasing, Aalesund are resigning themselves to losing their star man.

"Considering the big interest in Anders, I seriously doubt that he will be with us next season," sporting director Henrik Hoff told BT.

"There is a serious interest from England but recently, clubs from other countries have started to keep tabs on him.

"He has the ability to play in one of the biggest leagues in Europe."

Dubbed the 'new Peter Schmeichel', Manchester United allegedly want Lindegaard to follow in the footsteps of the Old Trafford legend when current first choice custodian Edwin van der Sar retires.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson will have to battle with Arsene Wenger for the signature of the Denmark gloveman as Arsenal themselves look for a new number one.

Wenger is still reportedly on the lookout for a new goalkeeper after apparently losing faith in Manuel Almunia.

Fulham 'keeper Mark Schwarzer looked to be on the verge of a move to the Gunners before the transfer window closed, but a deal between the two clubs could not be reached.

Arsenal have also been linked with Maarten Stekelenburg of Ajax and Italian international Federico Marchetti as Wenger looks to ease his goalkeeping woes.

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