Manchester United have completed a medical test for the Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant ahead of his surprise move to Old Trafford.
The 35-year-old impressed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in a game at Old Trafford in 2016 and the veteran looks set to become United’s third choice keeper for the season.
The received wisdom here is that young Portuguese stopper Joel Pereira will go on loan for the season. Meanwhile Sam Johnstone is reportedly close to a 6.5m GBP switch to West Bromwich Albion.
British media outlet, The Daily Mail, writes:
Lee Grant has undergone a medical at Manchester United ahead of his proposed transfer from Stoke City.
United manager Jose Mourinho is signing Grant as he wants to let Portugal Under-21 international Joel Pereira go out on loan for the season while Sam Johnstone is to join West Bromwich Albion for £6.5m.
Some might wonder why Manchester United have bothered to sign another keeper when they have such strength in depth already.
But David de Gea’s number two, Sergio Romero, has been injured of late and wasn’t fit for the World Cup. Mourinho obviously feels that if De Gea and Romero were injured at a crucial stage of the season he wouldn’t yet be able to count on the services of the coltish Pereira.
It’s a dream move for Grant who, despite playing for England U21s four times between 2003-4, has spent his career with smaller clubs such as Oldham, Burnley, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday.
Grant has played 35 times for Stoke over the last two years, including five appearances last season.