In Focus: Aston Ville line up £3m deal; face competition from Premier League trio

According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is keen to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in a £3m deal, although he could face competition for his signature from some Premier League sides.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Villa manager has been impressed with the performances of the 24-year-old after signing him on loan during the January transfer window, and is keen to bring him in on a permanent deal this summer.

However, Premier League trio Bournemouth, Everton and Sunderland are all also interested in the keeper, meaning Bruce wants to agree a deal with the Red Devils before the end of the season.

How has he done at Villa?

After a tough start, he has come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks.

It was a difficult beginning to his Villa career with the club out of form at the beginning of 2017, but the Midlands outfit’s form has turned around in recent weeks, and the 24-year-old has kept five clean sheets in his last six Championship matches as the side look to find momentum ahead of a promotion push next term.

Will they get him?

Well, he may not be allowed to move to Villa Park on a permanent basis.

Jose Mourinho is said to hold Johnstone in high regard and he only signed a new contract at Old Trafford in October, which suggests that he has a long-term future with the Red Devils.

However, he is currently the third choice option and the chance to be number one at a club the size of Aston Villa could be too good an opportunity for him to turn down.