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Tuesday, August 31, 1999 Published at 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK


Man Utd complete Taibi signing

Alex Ferguson hopes to increase competition among his goalkeepers

Manchester United have completed the signing of goalkeeper Massimo Taibi from Italian outfit Venezia.

But the Treble winners have pulled out of negotiations with Deportivo La Coruna for their Moroccan international defender Noureddine Naybet.

United have called off their pursuit of Naybet because they could not clinch a deal before Tesday's Champions League transfer deadline.

Taibi, who has joined United in a deal which is worth a reported 4.5m, has signed a four-year contract.

The 29-year-old keeper completed a medical at Old Trafford on Tuesday before heading back to Italy.

He will be back in Manchester later this week where he will be unveiled at a media conference.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has moved for Taibi to increase competition among his goalkeepers.

Ferguson has turned to 36-year-old Dutchman Raimond van der Gouw to cover for the injured Mark Bosnich but now has three experienced keepers to choose from.

Ferguson will, though, be disappointed that he has not been able to bring in Naybet to provide defensive cover.

He had hoped to strengthen his back line before United begin their Champions League defence following injuries to Ronny Johnsen, Wes Brown and David May.



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