Sam Johnstone made available for transfer

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Louis van Gaal has made goalkeeper Sam Johnstone available for transfer following the arrival of Victor Valdes to Manchester United.

The Spain international arrived earlier this month on a free transfer and has taken over as David De Gea's deputy. That means Johnstone, who has sat behind De Gea and Danish international Anders Lindegaard over the last few years, is surplus to requirements according to the Daily Mail.

The 21-year-old has been a regular for England youth teams but he's yet to make a Premier League appearance for United. He's been on loan at Scunthorpe, Walsall, Yeovil, Doncaster and just joined Preston North End this month.

He will spend the rest of the season at Preston, but may be looking for a new permanent home this summer despite signing a new three year contract 12 months ago when David Moyes was in charge.

While Lindegaard is also expected to move for first-team football, as it stands Johnstone is effectively fourth choice.

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Victor Valdes has joined on an 18-month contract and will compete with De Gea for the starting spot. The younger Spaniard is the undisputed number one at the moment, although he has been linked with Real Madrid.

Speculation suggests Valdes had been brought in as a safety net should De Gea angle for a move to the Bernabeu, but regardless, Johnstone does not figure to feature regularly for United.

Johnstone's father, Glenn Johnstone, played professionally for Preston North End between 1992 and 1993.

United fixtures

United face Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round next, before they welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford in the Premier League.

That's the beginning of a decent run of fixtures for Van Gaal's side, as they go on to face West Ham, Burnley, Swansea, Newcastle, Sunderland and Spurs before their trip to Anfield on March 21st.

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