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Manchester United ready to sign Lee Grant on a free as the third signing of the summer

Manchester United are reportedly ready to sign 35-year-old Lee Grant in order to boost the goalkeeping department at the Theatre of Dreams this summer. David De Gea is currently the number one goalkeeper at United with Sergio Romero as the number two. Joel Pereira has been the third choice goalkeeper for the last 18 months but his lack of game time to be problematic to his development so like Dean Henderson earlier this summer, he could see himself being loaned out for the upcoming season in a bid to test the player in a first team environment, aiding his development.

Grant has played more than 500 times in club football, playing for Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley and Stoke City last season, who were relegated to the Championship. Grant has previously played against United when Jack Butland was on the sidelines through injury, including his Man of the Match performance against United in October 2016. The report comes from The Telegraph with Sam Wallace breaking the news. Grant would sign for United as a free agent on a one-year contract.

Last season, United were pretty much sorted with two main goalkeepers with Pereira hardly getting a look in at the club. Grant could be in the same position apart from the fact he could play some of the pre-season matches in the United States of America with De Gea still at the FIFA World Cup and Romero on the sidelines following the knee injury which ended his World Cup dream this summer. There are some talented youth goalkeepers at United, with Kieran O’Hara another player to look out for but being the third choice will not benefit him much.

Grant may not be the signing that many would want to get excitement from but in terms of what he would offer and the fact he would not play many matches all that often, also it aiding the development of both Henderson and Pereira, even O’Hara if he heads out on loan too. The move could well be Grant’s final role as a goalkeeper during his career and the experience he has had during his career would also be good for the likes of De Gea, Romero and those coming through the ranks at the club.

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