Tom Heaton has completed his Manchester United medical, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Heaton will be a free agent when his contract expires at the end of June and can sign with United on July 1.

Romano also said that United had failed with an opening approach for Kieran Trippier.

Heaton left United in 2010 as a free agent – angering Sir Alex Ferguson at the time.

Now he rejoins United at the age of 35, where he will be a back-up.

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Where Heaton fits in

Sergio Romero has left United with his contract expiring.

Heaton’s arrival gives United extra leeway to let one of David de Gea or Dean Henderson go, rather than juggling the two all season.

 

Lee Grant could still be retained as a third choice.

Youngster Nathan Bishop is likely to be sent out on loan to gain experience.

Signing Heaton is not a move to get fans excited, but it does show some forward planning and organisation.

If one of Henderson or De Gea leave, Heaton’s signing saves United having to scramble round trying to find a new back-up goalkeeper, when efforts will need to be spent on other deals.

Now with the Heaton deal effectively complete pending confirmation, United can focus elsewhere.

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