By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Victor Valdes is finally set to end his Manchester United hell as he closes in on a loan move to Standard Liege, Football Insider sources understand.
The Spanish goalkeeper is in advanced talks with the Belgian club about a transfer on loan from United until the end of the season.
Standard Liege have offered Valdes an escape route from Old Trafford after he revealed last November that he was “fighting to be free” from the Premier League.
A United source has told Football Insider that they are confident a loan deal can be agreed in the next 24 hours.
Valdes has been frozen out at by Louis van Gaal after refusing to play for United’s Under-21s last season.
The 33-year-old former Barcelona No1 signed an 18-month contract with the Premier League club a year ago but has made just two first-team appearances.
In November, Valdes used his Twitter account to explain how keen he is to find a new club in the January transfer window.
No defraudar a los que desean volver a verme jugar, mi motivación. Lucho por ser Libre y disfrutar de mi profesión. pic.twitter.com/rhs7tCNofo
— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) November 25, 2015
“Not to let down those who want to see me play again – that’s my motivation,” Valdes wrote on the social media site. “I fight to be free and enjoy my profession.”
The Spain international attached an image of him holding a piece of paper in his hand, which read: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Valdes had been ostracised from the United first team set-up following Van Gaal’s decision not to take him on the tour of USA.
He has not featured this season and was overlooked at the start of the campaign in favour of Argentine Sergio Romero when David de Gea’s future was in doubt.