Tranmere Rovers have signed Manchester City’s reserve goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen on a six month loan deal.
The 23-year old Faroe Islands international is behind Shay Given and Joe Hart at Eastlands and while the duo battle it out this summer the player had no chance of first team football.
Nielsen replaced Shay Given in City’s 0-0 draw at Arsenal in April, entering the field on 74 minutes. In doing so he became the first Faroe Islander to play Premier League football. However Manchester City’s manager Roberto Mancini did not give the youngster the opportunity to play in the final games of the season after Given was ruled out, instead the Italian signed Marton Fulop on an emergency loan for the vital remaining fixtures against Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
Nielsen began his career with HB Torshavn in his home country before joining Danish side BK Frem Copenhagen. His next move was to the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers in July 2007, two years later after loans at Motherwell and Wrexham, the keeper joined City.
Tranmere manager Les Parry told his club‘s official website www.tranmererovers.co.uk: “I’m delighted to bring a goalkeeper of Gunnar’s quality to the Club. He’s highly rated at Manchester City, and I’ve been impressed with him every time I’ve seen him play in their reserves. He’s an excellent shot stopper who commands his area and he’s a great addition to our squad.
“I’d like to thank Roberto Mancini for allowing Gunnar to join us.”
Tranmere travel to Walsall for their League Cup First Round tie on Tuesday 10th August