Man Utd complete Premier League signing after Sancho deal agreed

Martin Macdonald
Tom Heaton signs for Man Utd

Manchester United have completed the signing of goalkeeper Tom Heaton one day after agreeing a deal for Jadon Sancho.

Heaton is a product of the Manchester United youth system and was at Old Trafford between 2005 and 2010 in his senior career.

He would, however, not make a single official appearance for the club and after a series of loan deals, Heaton would complete a free transfer to Cardiff City in 2010.

From there, he went on to play for Bristol City, Burnley and then Aston Villa.

Heaton signed for Aston Villa after they achieved promotion to the Premier League, but in January of 2020 he would suffer a serious season-ending injury.

That would lead to manager Dean Smith sanctioning the purchase of Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal, which meant when Heaton returned from injury he was no longer first choice.

Heaton will, of course, not be the number one at Man Utd either and is actually likely to be third choice as the club currently have David de Gea and Dean Henderson competing for the goalkeeping role in the team.

Sergio Romero will leave this summer, while there is now major doubts cast on the future of Lee Grant.

The former England international has signed on a two-year deal until the summer of 2023.

Heaton reacts to United return

"For me to have the opportunity to come back after spending 13 great years here as a kid, it's an incredible feeling and I'm really, really excited to get started," he told the official Man Utd website.

"I'm just seeing it as a fantastic opportunity as I still feel I've got an awful lot to give and I've got the bit between my teeth.

"I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running. I feel in great shape and I'm looking forward to coming in to compete with the other goalkeepers."

The acquisition of 35-year-old Heaton comes just a day after Man Utd and Borussia Dortmund announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer for Sancho for ยฃ73 million.

The Red Devils are still in the market for a new centre-back and central midfielder.