Manchester United have confirmed that they have handed a permanent contract to Polish keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
The Red Devils completed the capture of the 24-year-old from West Brom on Thursday, but it was claimed that the deal was a loan move with a view to a permanent arrangement.
However, United have now confirmed that the player has made a permanent move to Old Trafford - with Paul McShane and Luke Steele heading in the opposite direction - although the first season is, somewhat curiously, being classed as a loan.
"Tomasz will be a Manchester United player for the next four years," said United chief executive David Gill.
"He has come to us on loan for the first year and then will join us permanently in July 2007.
"We would not have been interested in signing any player, even as one as good as Tomasz, on loan.
"We would hope Tomasz remains a Manchester United player for many years to come."