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DONE DEALS: Lee Grant joins, Sam Johnstone head to West Brom

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Manchester United have refreshed their back-up goalkeeping staff.

Bristol City v Stoke City - Carabao Cup Third Round Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

All change in goal! Well, on the bench. Well, on the bench behind the other bench. Manchester United have signed a new goalkeeper: 35-year-old Lee Grant, who joins from Stoke City on a two-year deal.

Speaking after making the move, Grant highlighted his experience:

Moving to Manchester United has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. This was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass and I’m thrilled to become a part of such a historic club ... I’m now ready to continue learning and improving alongside some of the best players in the game. But at the same time, I intend to use my experience to help the team whenever possible.

Assuming Sergio Romero sticks around, it seems that Grant will begin the season as third choice. So what of Sam Johnstone? Well, didn’t you read the headline? After spending the last season and a half with Aston Villa, he’s gone to Birmingham permanently, joining West Bromwich Albion for £6.5m. Best of luck to him.

And what of Joel Pereira? We’re not sure yet. If Romero leaves, then he and Grant might end up splitting reserve duties behind De Gea. Otherwise, a loan spell seems likely. Honestly, we’d be guessing.