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Kuszczak going nowhere, insists Baggies chief

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has contradicted Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's claims he is about to sign Baggies goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Ferguson, who has been seeking cover for Edwin van der Sar at Old Trafford, this afternoon claimed a deal for Kuszczak was close to completion.

But Peace has hit back last night, accusing the Old Trafford boss of jumping the gun.

Peace said: 'We've had discussions with Manchester United about a possible transfer deal involving Tomasz Kuszczak but absolutely nothing has been agreed.

'We've said throughout the close season that it's our intention to hold on to key members of the first-team squad and not to sell them.'

Peace's declaration was at odds with Ferguson's, with Scotsman having claimed: 'We are in the process of tying up a deal with Kuszczak from West Brom.

'He has Premier League experience and he will be the number two to Edwin van der Sar.'

Earlier in the day, Albion had unveiled Switzerland World Cup goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuhler as their latest signing.

The 35-year-old signed a two-year deal after arriving on a free transfer from Basle.

And Hawthorns boss Bryan Robson said: 'Pascal is a vastly experienced goalkeeper.

'With Chris Kirkland joining Wigan we needed a replacement, we needed someone to compete with Tomasz.

'Pascal is number one with Switzerland and he was rated as one of the top couple of goalkeepers at the World Cup.

'It is up to Tomasz and Pascal to challenge for the first-team place here.'