Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce: 'I want to sign Manchester United's Sam Johnstone'

Bruce: 'I want to sign Sam Johnstone'
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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce reveals that he will try to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone at the end of the season.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has revealed that he will look to sign goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a permanent basis next summer.

Johnstone is currently on loan from Manchester United, and the 24-year-old has kept five clean sheets in 13 games to help Villa into fifth place in the Championship standings.

The former England Under-20 international still has over 18 months remaining on his contract at Old Trafford, but Bruce has admitted that he wants the stopper to commit his future to the West Midlands outfit.

The 56-year-old is quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying: "We will do everything in our power [to buy him from Manchester United].

"He's got another year left on his United deal but he's going to find it difficult to break through there because of what they've got. Players like that need to find a platform."

On Saturday afternoon, Johnstone helped Villa to a 2-1 win over Fulham, the club's fifth league win in six fixtures.

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Sergio Romero of Manchester United with Sam Johnstone of Manchester United prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United on August 14, 2015
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