'This is our banter era': Manchester United fans react to Lee Grant rumours

Lee Grant of Stoke in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Stoke City at Amex Stadium on November 20, 2017 in Brighton, England.

The 35-year-old will reportedly join Manchester United on a free transfer.

Lee Grant of Stoke City saves a shot during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Hull City at Bet365 Stadium on April 15, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

According to Sky Sports News, Manchester United are close to signing 35-year-old Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant, and many United fans appear absolutely baffled by the move.

Sky Sports has reported that the 35-year-old would be joining United on a free transfer as cover for David de Gea and Sergio Romero.

After having initially joined Stoke City on loan as cover for Jack Butland, who was injured at the time, Grant signed on a permanent basis in January 2017 and appeared 30 times for the Potters that season.

Lee Grant of Stoke City during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Bristol City and Stoke City at Ashton Gate on September 19, 2017 in Bristol, England.

The veteran goalkeeper put together some impressive displays for the Potters, including an outstanding performance in a 1-1 draw against United in October 2016, during Mourinho's first season at the club. 

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Last season Butland returned to full fitness and Grant appeared just three times for Stoke.

Grant's arrival would likely allow highly rated 22-year-old Joel Pereira to go out on loan and get a full season of first-team football in away from Old Trafford, with Dean Henderson already out on loan at Sheffield United and Sam Johnstone looking likely to join West Bromwich Albion permanently.

The news of the potential signing has not gone down well with a section of the United faithful, with many still unhappy with the club following the saga concerning Marouane Fellaini's new contract.

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