With goalkeeper Joel Pereira set to leave on loan and Sam Johnstone about to depart for West Brom on a permanent deal, Jose Mourinho has moved to bolster his goalkeeping options and will this week complete the free transfer acquisition of Lee Grant.
The 36-year-old former Stoke stopper may not be a name that will set the hearts racing with supporters at Old Trafford but the recruit has echoes of Tony Coton’s arrival back in 1996; Grant will rarely be expected to play, with Sergio Romero the official understudy to David De Gea, but on a free transfer it looks like a sensible move from Mourinho.
Grant was the star man in Stoke’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the 2015/16 season but is understood to be happy to act as a third choice at this point in his career. It is understood that all terms on the move have already been agreed and so official confirmation will come from the club this week.
Grant started his career at Derby County and had long spells as number one for Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley.
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