Ex-Red Devil, Tom Heaton, has apparently agreed to join Manchester United as a free agent this summer.
A couple of weeks ago, we covered reported Manchester United interest in Tom Heaton, with that story coming from The Telegraph.
Fast-forward a fortnight and Heaton is back in the headlines again. This time, the links with a potential return to Old Trafford are definitely stronger.
According to The Mirror, United are closing in on their first summer signing, as the Premier League star has ‘agreed to join’ the Reds on a free transfer this summer.
Heaton, from Chester, spent eight years at United between 2002-10, before departing for regular football. Burnley is where he’d eventually start to make his name, though his time at Aston Villa cannot go unnoticed.
Now, United are ready to offer the 35-year-old a way back to the Theatre of Dreams – presumably as a replacement for Sergio Romero who looks destined for an exit.
This feels like a smart signing by United as they look to keep their goalkeeping department well-stocked – something that has worked a treat over the last five years or so.
Heaton is a top professional, a likeable character and most importantly, someone who can fill in and start games whenever necessary.
Apparently, United and Heaton have held talks over the last few weeks but now it looks done with everything agreed. At this point, I guess all we’re waiting for is a formal announcement from either United confirming the deal, or Villa admitting that Heaton will be leaving on a free transfer this summer.
This isn’t a glamourous signing but a necessary one. I’d expect we’ll see the marquee signings coming later on in the window as those big-money deals tend to take time.
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