Leverkusen land Yelldell

American goalkeeper steps up into the top flight

Yelldell: Will compete with Rene Adler for the number one jersey at Leverkusen

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Bayer Leverkusen have acquired goalkeeper David Yelldell for an undisclosed fee from MSV Duisburg.

The USA international has been drafted in to provide competition for first-choice shot-stopper Rene Adler.

Yelldell lost his place in the Duisburg side towards the end of last season to former Germany U21 international Florian Fromlowitz.

He was, however, among the most consistent keepers in the German second tier in 2010/11 and saw his fine form rewarded with a first international cap in March.

The 29-year-old, who has been on the books of Blackburn Rovers and Brighton & Hove Albion in the past, has agreed a three-year contract with Leverkusen and is looking forward to testing himself in the Bundesliga.

Experienced

Leverkusen believe they have brought in a goalkeeper capable of competing at the highest level and expect Yelldell to form an integral part of their squad next season.

General manager Wolfgang Holzhauser told the club's official website: "In David Yelldell we have signed an experienced goalkeeper.

"We are well set for goalkeepers now we have him, Fabian Giefer and Rene Adler on our books.

"Having so much quality is vital as we prepare to face the challenges that lie ahead."