BBC journalist: Aston Villa will sign Premier League player this week
By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa are set to complete the signing of Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone later this week, according to a reliable journalist.
United manager Jose Mourinho revealed last Friday that he was willing to allow Johnstone to go out on loan during the January window.
The keeper, 23, has been linked with a move to Villa as well as a number of Premier League clubs, with Stoke and Sunderland among those credited with an interest due to injuries to Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford respectively.
BBC Midlands correspondent Pat Murphy revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that Johnstone is heading to Villa Park.
Murphy, who is a reliable source of Villa news, claimed that the transfer “should happen this week”, with the Midlands giants awaiting the formal go-ahead from United chiefs.
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— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) January 2, 2017
Villa are set to be active in the January market as recently appointed manager Steve Bruce aims to continue the team’s climb up the table in a bid to win promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.
The Midlands club, who travel to Cardiff for Monday afternoon’s Championship clash, are 10th in the table and six points off the final play-offs position.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are in advanced talks to seal a £6million striker deal.