Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has said that he hopes to complete the signing of Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone by the end of the weekend.
Johnstone impressed during a loan stint at Villa Park last season, keeping eight clean sheets in 22 matches, and he now appears to be on his way back - either on loan or permanently.
"We hope to be able to announce something in the next 24-48 hours if we can," Bruce is quoted as saying by the Birmingham Mail. "That would be ideal. It's no big secret that I am still hoping we can tie up Sam from Manchester United.
"I think that's still ongoing but ultimately we have to respect Manchester United. I know they go on tour on Sunday. We will see what develops in the next 24-48 hours."
Johnstone has failed to make the grade at United, instead being sent out on loan to the likes of Villa, Preston North End and Doncaster Rovers.