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Manchester United Complete Signing Of Former Barcelona Star, Reports The Times

Reports say United have signed their first player of the winter window.

Manchester United have agreed to sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18 month contract.

The Times claim United have tied down the Spaniard until 2016 after he left Barcelona in the summer at the end of his contract.

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The 32 year old has been training with Louis Van Gaal’s side since October but was tasked with rehabilitating a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury and proving his fitness before being given a permanent deal.

Valdes’ arrival essentially signals the end of Anders Lindegaard’s time as an effective goalkeeping back up on the bench and the report says the Dane will be sold this month if a buyer is found.

Ben Amos, a former England U-21 keeper, is also in danger of being axed.

The move will inevitably lead to questions over the future of David De Gea, the 24 year old has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new deal of his own with recent speculation linking him with a return to Spain at Real Madrid.

However, The Times claim Van Gaal sees Valdes as providing quality cover for De Gea rather than replacing him.

Valdes won six La Liga titles with Barcelona, the majority under Pep Guardiola’s reign, along with three European cups as well as the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euros with Spain.

United are also on the lookout for a centre half, midfielder and right back but will look to do most of their business in the summer when more targets become available.

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