By Amir Mir
Wolves’ bid to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a week’s loan has been rejected by Jose Mourinho, according to a reliable journalist.
Telegraph reporter John Percy, who is a reliable source of Midlands football news, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the United manager is unhappy about the treatment and lack of playing time for their on-loan defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.
Left-back Borthwick Jackson, who moved to Molineux in the summer from Old Trafford, has played seven games in all competitions for the Championship side this term.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) December 12, 2016
He last featured in November under former boss Walter Zenga, but he has not played a game for Paul Lambert since his appointment and now seems certain to return to his parent club next month.
As a result the Premier League side have rejected the Midlands side chances of signing the shot stopper after they made a move to sign Johnstone on emergency loan last Friday.
Regular keepers Andy Lonergan and Carl Ikeme are out injured, which prompted Lambert’s side to make a move for the former Preston player.
Instead, Percy claims that the 23-year-old will join Steve Bruce at Aston Villa in January, with both clubs in advanced talks over a deal.
Football Insider verdict:
From Manchester United’s perspective getting their younger players out on loan will be a huge boost to them in the future. Johnstone has already tasted football outside the top-tier, when he was on loan at Preston last season during their promotion push from League One. The 23-year-old would have gained valuable experience from that move, so United manager Mourinho should allow the shot stopper to gain more experience in the second-tier and look to find another lower league outfit for the young goalkeeper.
In other Wolves transfer news, Danny Batth has posted a Twitter message after the club agree a midfielder deal.