Manchester United have reportedly taken a big step closer to confirming the signing of Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir.

According to a post on X from Turkish journalist Sercan Hamzaoglu, the Turkish goalkeeper, who has made five appearances for his national team, has completed the first part of his medical tests.

This was a crucial sticking point in stopping the deal for the goalkeeper to join United. But, according to the Turkish journalist, the goalkeeper has passed his initial medical with no issues.

Bayindir is seemingly seen as a replacement for Dean Henderson as the United academy graduate has made it clear his future is away from Old Trafford this summer with Crystal Palace the side most likely to sign the 26-year-old.

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What’s the next step for Bayindir

According to the Turkish journalist, the goalkeeper will now travel to Manchester and undergo a second medical. If he passes that medical, then he will sign for United before the deadline.

Bayindir would sign for Erik ten Hag’s side for a fee in the region of £5 million and this would probably open the door for Henderson to finally depart from Old Trafford.

Bayindir may have to deputise in January if rumours are to be believed and Andre Onana heals his wounds with the Cameroonian coach and features for his country in January.

Are United right to prioritise a backup

With news of Tom Heaton’s injury, United technically only have Onana, Radek Vitek, and Henderson available to start in goal for Ten Hag’s side.

A backup is needed but there will be a hope that the Red Devils aren’t done there otherwise this would be a poor end to the window.

After the three fantastic signings made this summer, United have struggled to sell the players who can bring in the big funds.

If that doesn’t change and Henderson remains, Bayindir may well be the final signing of the Summer transfer window.

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