Saturday 22 July 2017

Man United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone wanted by Aston Villa in £3m deal

Sam Johnstone
Sam Johnstone

John Percy and James Ducker

Steve Bruce wants to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in a permanent deal worth around £3million.

Bruce, the Aston Villa manager, has opened talks with United and is attempting to persuade Jose Mourinho into agreeing Johnstone’s departure from Old Trafford.

Johnstone has impressed on loan under Bruce and is attracting attention from a number of Premier League clubs including Everton, Bournemouth and Sunderland.

But Villa are keen to push through a deal for the 24-year-old before the end of the season and are in negotiations with United over a potential sale.

Johnstone became Bruce’s first signing in January and, after a difficult start, has produced a number of excellent performances in the Championship, keeping five clean sheets in the last six games.

He signed a new contract with United in October, and remains highly regarded by Mourinho and his coaching staff, but Villa want to make his move permanent and offer him the chance to become their long-term No. 1.

Bruce said: "Everyone agrees that Sam needed to go and play football. The difference between him now and three months ago is there for all to see.

"He’s grown into the role. He’s now more comfortable in the role – and he’s got that from playing. We have given him that platform to play.

"If there’s an opportunity that we can get him to play more next season I would love to do it."

Johnstone is currently third choice goalkeeper at United behind David De Gea and Sergio Romero.

Telegraph.co.uk

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