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United set to complete surprise move for veteran keeper

Manchester United are close to completing a £1.5 million move for Stoke reserve keeper Lee Grant.

The 35-year old veteran will become Manchester United’s third signing of the summer, after Diogo Dalot from Porto, and Fred from Shaktar Donetsk, and is being signed to provide cover for David de Gea and back-up Sergio Romero.

That is, according to The Sun, because manager Jose Mourinho wants Joel Pereira to go out on loan, and is prepared to let his other keeper, Sam Johnstone leave the club.

Grant began his career at Watford but failed to make the grade there and joined Derby County as a trainee before making his first-team debut in 2002. He moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 2007 and spent three years there, before securing a move to Burnley where he won the fans player of the season award in 2012 – 2013.

A move back to Derby ensued before he joined Stoke, initially to provide cover for the injured Jack Butland. Now he is set to swap the Potteries for Manchester as his career takes an unexpected step.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.