Man United ‘close to signing’ Tom Heaton on free transfer: report

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Man United have seemingly found their Sergio Romero replacement in their form of Tom Heaton.

Not too long ago, we touched upon reported Red Devils interest in their former player, Tom Heaton.

At the time, the rumour felt a little misplaced, though interest in a new goalkeeper does make sense given Sergio Romero continuing to remain in exile.

Now, the usually excellent Mike McGrath has spoken in The Telegraph. Tom Heaton’s name is at the forefront this time, with United apparently ‘close to signing’ the star with 377 career apps.

The move for Heaton would be on a free transfer, with the 35-year-old’s contract expiring next month. The Chester-born shot-stopper is already allowed to talk to other clubs about signing on a pre-contract, with United ‘moving swiftly’ to replace the outbound Romero.

Without wanting to forget about Lee Grant, United have obviously seen enough to know that the former Stoke City man isn’t good enough to back up Dean Henderson.

Meaning, United have to dip their toes into the market and find the next guy in line. Heaton is someone who knows the club well following his time at the Theatre of Dreams, while he’s more than good enough to deputise – and slot into the starting line-up when required.

Again, this is another shrewd move by Solskjaer. He’s identified a profile of player he likes to sign, with Heaton seemingly fitting that bill.

I also think this is an excellent opportunity for Heaton. He’ll play his fair share of games in the cup competitions (assuming David de Gea also leaves), with a return to Manchester United no doubt a dream come true for an underrated shot-stopper.

Would a Man United move for Tom Heaton make sense? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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