By Pranav Shahaney

11th May, 2021 | 7:30pm

Report: Manchester United hand West Brom Tom Heaton transfer blow

West Brom have been handed a major transfer blow as goalkeeper Tom Heaton is set to sign for Manchester United on a free transfer.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Manchester outfit are closing in on reuniting with the Aston Villa goalkeeper whose contract with Aston Villa expires at the end of the season.

Before making a name for himself at Burnley, Heaton plied his trade at Old Trafford, serving as their reserve goalkeeper.

He is now likely to return to the club and be the third-choice keeper as one of David de Gea or Sergio Romero are expected to be shown to the door.

This will be a major blow for West Brom, who were keen on bringing the player to the Hawthorns this summer, per the Athletic.

That interest hinged on Sam Johnstone’s future at the club, but now whether or not the Baggies number one stays put, Heaton is not likely to be available anymore.

Not ideal 

Having seen our relegation confirmed, the last thing we want is for our proposed summer targets to come close to finalising their moves already.

There’s still so much uncertainty at our club about the ins and outs, and mainly about Sam Allardyce’s future.

Johnstone has been tipped with a return back to the Premier League, and we could’ve done with a player like Heaton in his stead.

He would be a first-team regular, and given his quality, would’ve given us a good chance of securing immediate promotion.

Former Baggies forward Kevin Phillips had also backed the move for Heaton, referring to him as an ‘excellent replacement’ for Johnstone.

However, now we’re going to have to look elsewhere, hoping we can rope in a player of Heaton’s calibre should Johnstone leave.

It’s understood that the club won’t come in Johnstone’s way and will demand £20m for his services. [The Daily Telegraph]

Losing him wouldn’t be ideal, but we could sign a good keeper should any club match that valuation.

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