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Manchester United Close In On Stoke City Goalkeeper Lee Grant

Manchester United expect to make Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant their third signing of the summer later this week.

Multiple reports in England have alleged that the Premier League club are in advanced talks with Stoke to sign the 35-year-old stopper, with a fee of around £1.5m close to being finalised.

Man United boss Jose Mourinho has been on the lookout for a new third-choice keeper with Portugal Under-21 international Joel Pereira likely to go out on loan this season in order to gain valuable fist-team experience. As such, Grant would be drafted in as backup to David De Gea and Sergio Romero.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Lee Grant of Stoke City celebrates his sides goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at Bet365 Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Grant was signed by Stoke in 2016, initially on loan before a £1.3m permanent deal, and the former England youth international’s performances were so impressive, that he was named as the club’s player of the year that same season. However, the return of regular number one Jack Butland from injury meant that Grant was restricted to just three Premier League appearances last season.

Al going well, Grant will be confirmed as a Man United player later this week and join fellow new arrivals Diogo Dalot and Fred at Old Trafford.

Quite what this would mean for Kieran O’Hara, however, is unclear, as it would keep the Ireland under-21 international down the pecking order and increases the chances of a move away for the 22-year-old – either on loan or on a permanent basis.

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