Middlesbrough launch bid to beat Villa to Man Utd keeper

Date published: Wednesday 28th June 2017 11:57

Sam Johnstone: Signed for Villa

Middlesbrough have launched a bid to land Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, TEAMtalk understands.

Boro currently have Connor Ripley and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos ready to battle it out for their number one jersey next season, but new boss Garry Monk clearly wants to improve this department.

The 24-year-old Johnstone had looked set to join Aston Villa on a permanent deal, the club he finished last season on loan at and impressed hugely.

A number of clubs, including Monk’s former club Leeds, are reported to have made approaches to United in recent weeks – but it was Villa who looked to be nearing a deal.

But now Boro have come in and are ready to offer a £5million package to United, which includes an initial £2.5million payment and the rest made up in add-ons.

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Despite never playing for United, Johnstone has a lot of experience with over 100 games after over half-a-dozen loan spells in recent seasons with the likes of Villa, Scunthorpe, Preston and Doncaster.

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