Nathan Bishop, Southend United goalkeeper, emerges top transfer target for Manchester United

Nathan Bishop, Southend United goalkeeper, emerges top transfer target for Manchester United

- Nathan Bishop is closer to joining Manchester United as back up for De Gea

- The 20-year-old star currently plays for lower league side Southend United

- United are also close to sealing Bruno Fernandes' deal

Manchester United are hopeful of completing the signing of Nathan Bishop before the winter transfer window shuts a couple of days from now.

The Red Devils want the 20-year-old goalkeeper as back up for David De Gea and they are already in talks with his present club Southend United.

United remain six points behind Chelsea on the Premier League table after 24 rounds of fixtures and they must turn their fortunes if they have to play in the Champions League next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men progressed to FA Cup fifth round stage following their 6-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers a few days back.

However, that was not enough for the club fans who mobbed Ed Woodward's residence - throwing fireworks at the chief executive's house.

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Their struggle in the English topflight has forced them to step up their bid in their target Bruno Fernandes who is also wanted by Barcelona.

Should the deals pull through, United would have successfully added two new players to their squad and will be hoping their additions turn their results around.

Meanwhile, United are facing series of injuries with Marcus Rashford the latest to be ruled out due to back pains.

The English forward is the club's highest goals scorer so far this campaign but he will not be available for selection until later this term.

Bishop has made 38 appearances for Southend United since he joined them in 2017 - keeping three clean sheets and conceding 83 goals.

He will, however, battle and experienced Lee Grant for starting line up whenever De Gea is not in goal for the Red Devils.

Reports claim some quarters believe Dean Henderson who is on loan at Sheffield United is a target for United.

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While so many tipping the 22-year-old to take over from the Spanish international on a permanent basis soon.

Bishop has made just one appearance for the England U20 national team and will be hoping to break into the Three Lions squad under Gareth Southgate. earlier reported that Bruno Fernandes's signing from Sporting Lisbon could get over the line as Man United are set to complete a deal worth £67.8million.

The Premier League club and the Premiera League side have been dragging but a deal seems to be on the cards three days to the end of the January transfer window.

It is understood that the Red Devils will pay an initial fee of £46.6m including add-ons of £8.5m based on appearances and Champions League qualification.

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