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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 May 2006, 07:31 GMT 08:31 UK
Everton agree Howard loan signing
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Keeper Tim Howard
Howard will rebuild his career at Goodison Park
Everton have clinched a one-year loan deal to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard.

The formalities have yet to be completed, but BBC Sport understands it has been agreed by all parties.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has allowed Howard to move to Everton in the expectation he will return in a position to succeed Edwin van der Sar.

Everton's move for the 26-year-old American keeper puts doubts over the future of Richard Wright.

Howard languished in United's reserves since the signing of Van der Sar, but Ferguson is unwilling to contemplate a permanent sale because he still regards the keeper as having massive potential.

Everton hope veteran Nigel Martyn will provide cover by signing a new one-year contract if he proves his fitness after ankle surgery.

Howard is under contract at Old Trafford until 2009, but Everton will test Ferguson with a formal bid if he impresses next season.

He joined United from New York New Jersey Metro Stars for 2.3m in July 2003.


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