Is Manchester United set to add Lee Grant as a third goalkeeper behind David De Gea and Sergio Romero?
That’s the report from The Telegraph, which says Jose Mourinho likes the idea of the 35-year-old goalkeeper as his safety net.
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Romero missed the World Cup through injury, and has tossed aside rumors that he was angling for an Old Trafford exit.
Grant was most recently with Stoke City, where he started 31 Premier League matches. Twenty-eight of those came in 2016-17.
He also has spent significant time with Derby County (two stints), Burnley, and Sheffield Wednesday.
Grant represented England at all youth levels between 15 and 21, though that time was long ago.
Stoke City’s long-coming goalkeeping dilemma will come to a head soon, as Jack Butland is back in training.
A year ago today, the Potters confirmed that star backstop Butland would miss EURO 2016 with a broken ankle. He’d need multiple surgeries as recovery dragged on and on.
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That was more palatable thanks to the play of Lee Grant, who arrived on loan from Derby County but became a permanent Potter in January. Grant has been a key part of Stoke’s season.
Butland is contracted to Stoke through 2021, and he’ll ascend to the starting gig sooner rather than later. But Grant is in the catbird seat for now, and at least will have made himself attractive to other clubs seeking a keeper.
Middlesbrough looks set to add depth behind Alvaro Negredo, while Stoke City will be hanging onto one of its surprise stars of the season.
Rudy Gestede will end his disappointing run at Championship side Aston Villa for a move to the Riverside Stadium, according to multiple reports. The move is set to cost around $7.5 million.
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Gestede, 28, earned a move to Villa after a 20-goal season with Blackburn but was unable to follow it up in the Premier League. The Benin international scored five PL goals and has four in 13 Championship appearances this year.
Meanwhile, Lee Grant is going to stick around Stoke. The 33-year-old goalkeeper’s first taste of the Premier League has been a good one, and Mark Hughes will spend around $3 million to make a loan from Derby County permanent.
Stoke has seen multiple setbacks for star goalkeeper Jack Butland, and Grant has performed admirably in his countryman’s stead.