What affect will Lee Grant leaving have on Stoke City?

Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores his sides first goal past Lee Grant of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Bet365 Stadium on November 29, 2017 in...

In what is potentially a huge blow for Stoke City, Lee Grant is reportedly a medical away from becoming a Manchester United player.

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.

Stoke City are set to lose goalkeeper Lee Grant in the coming days, with the goalkeeper reportedly on his way to Manchester United to become the Red Devils' third-choice in the department behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero.

With the Potters' first-choice goalie Jack Butland most likely to remain in the Premier League following the club's relegation last term, manager Gary Rowett wouldn't have thought about a more capable replacement for the 25-year-old than the 35-year-old, and Grant's imminent departure is surely a bitter pill to swallow now.

Lee Grant of Stoke City aplauds supporters during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium on March 8, 2017 in Manchester, England.

The former Burnley star has been more than a reliable backup for Stoke City since initially arriving on loan in August 2016, with his performances that campaign earning him the club's player of the year award.

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Grant's impressive performances earned him a permanent move to the Britannia Stadium six months later, and he would have without an iota of doubt been the perfect goalkeeper for the Potters next season given his veteran status in the Championship.

The Englishman has over a decade experience in the second-tier, impressing for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County, and such technical wealth and know-how of the division would have surely come handy for Stoke as they look to secure instant promotion back to the top-flight.

Lee Grant of Stoke City collects the ball from Oumar Niasse of Hull City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Hull City at Bet365 Stadium on April 15, 2017 in Stoke on...

Indeed, a lot of the club's stars are expected to move on this summer, but nobody saw Grant's imminent departure coming, and it surely counts as one of Stoke City's biggest blows this summer given the huge loss his exit is set to bring.

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