City snap up ex-England keeper
Manchester City have completed the surprise loan signing of former England goalkeeper Scott Carson.
The 33-year-old makes the move from Derby County on a temporary deal until the end of the season.
Carson is likely to act as third-choice stopper behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo, with young prospect Ari Muric sent out on a season-long loan deal to Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Carson joined Derby from Wigan in the summer of 2015 for an undisclosed fee after their relegation to League One and made 171 appearances in all competitions.
However, midway through last season he lost his place in the side due to injury and could not break back into Frank Lampard’s XI after the impressive young Dutchman Kelle Roos stepped in.
Carson had to be content with a place on the bench and this summer Derby have been looking to offload the keeper due to his comparatively large wages and their need to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.
However, despite the fact he is unlikely to play much, he admitted he could not turn the move to City down.
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“It’s an honour to have signed for City on loan,” Carson said. “It’s something I didn’t expect but an opportunity I simply could not turn down. To be part of this squad – the champions of England – is a dream come true.
“I can’t wait to see Pep’s work on the training field up close. What he has achieved in his management career has been amazing and it’s every player’s dream to play under him.”
The deal to take Carson to City involves no loan fee although the Premier League side will pay all of his wages for the duration.
The former Leeds trainee last played Premier League football for West Bromwich Albion in 2011 before sealing a surprise move to Bursapsor.
He has enjoyed a very varied career after beginning at Elland Road as an understudy to Paul Robinson.
He then joined Liverpool under Rafa Benitez but only made fleeting appearances before being sent out on loan to Charlton and then Aston Villa.
West Brom signed him from Liverpool in the summer of 2008 for a fee of £3.25million and he made 118 appearances. A spell in Turkey with Bursaspor followed before Wigan snapped him up in 2013.
Carson will now play the City understudy role in the same mould as Richard Wright during his tenure at the club between 2012 and 2016.