Nathan Bishop set to join Manchester United from Southend United

  • Rob Swan

Manchester United fans hoping for more than one new signing before the January transfer window closes on Friday appear to have got their wish.

The Red Devils are on the brink of completing a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who is due to complete a medical in Manchester within the next day or two.

And United are also poised to seal the signing of a 20-year-old goalkeeper.

The Premier League giants aren’t exactly short on options in goal.

David de Gea is still one of the world’s best, Sergio Romero is a brilliant back-up option, while the experienced Lee Grant is also at the club just in case.

Dean Henderson is also on United’s books and has impressed during his loan spell with Premier League side Sheffield United this season.

Many believe the 22-year-old will eventually replace De Gea at Old Trafford.

However, BBC Sport’s Ian Dennis is reporting that United are close to signing Southend United ‘keeper Nathan Bishop.

He adds that Bishop is 20 years old and has made 17 appearances for the League One outfit this season. Southend are currently second-to-bottom of the table, having conceded 69 goals.

The London-born shot-stopper has also represented England at Under-20 level.

The news has surprised many United fans, who understandably don’t feel that goalkeeper is a position that requires strengthening…

There are a couple of videos on Twitter showing the young ‘keeper in action, which you can watch here…

The Press Association’s Simon Peach adds that Bishop will initially be part of United’s development squad, rather than the first team, when he arrives.

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