Manchester United are set to hand Chicago Fire stopper Sean Johnson a trial with the club.
The Sun reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in bringing the 22-year-old to Old Trafford during the busy Christmas period, with Fire goalkeeping coach Aron Hyde confirming as much to MLSsoccer.com.
“It would be a really good experience for him if we can get it all set up properly. Being around those guys and being involved will be good for him. It would boost his confidence,” said Hyde.
“We’re trying to set it up where we’re trying to get him somewhere else as well, another Premier League team. It should be a nice environment because those guys are flying and they’re in the middle of their season and getting ready for the Christmas period which is obviously the busiest period of the year in England.
"It’ll be good experience for him. Hopefully it all works out.”
A possible deal stems from Hyde's relationship with the Manchester United goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele.
The duo are good friends, a factor which could be key in the Red Devils beating their Barclays Premier League rivals into a first look at the player.
Should Johnson spend time at Manchester United, he would work alongside rising Spanish starlet David de Gea, Danish international Anders Lindegaard and academy graduate Ben Amos.
He would also be looking to follow in the footsteps of American international Tim Howard, who joined Manchester United in 2003 and spent four years at the club, the last on loan at Everton.