Date: 14th July 2008 at 3:22pm
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Martin O’Neill has announced that he is ‘very hopeful’ that Brad Guzan will receive his work permit this time, and become our second summer signing.

The American goalkeeper who gave a somewhat ‘split opinion’ performance against England, has been tracked long and hard by our manager, with a move last window falling foul of the work permit regulations. Making a number of appearances lately for the USA in competative matches however should see him walk the tightrope of regulations.

Probably have been easier if he’d claimed asylum actually.

Speaking on the official site, O’Neill said:

‘As everyone knows we chased him last January and were hopeful at the tribunal for the work permit and it was narrowly defeated.

‘Since then he has played quite a number of games for the USA – not only in friendly matches but also in competetive games by playing a couple of matches in the World Cup.

‘His position would have improved immensely – so we are very hopeful.’