Aston Villa want to keep Sam Johnstone on permanent deal
Johnstone joined Aston Villa on a six-month loan deal in January and has been crucial in his side's recent upturn in form.
Villa have won five of their last six Championship outings – in which Johnstone kept five clean sheets – easing relegation concerns after they went 10 games without a win.
And according to The Telegraph, Villa boss Steve Bruce has entered talks with Manchester United to keep him beyond the summer.
The Red Devils academy product, who is behind Sergio Romero and David De Gea at Old Trafford, is likely to cost Villa around £3million.
Sam Johnstone initially joined Aston Villa on a six-month loan spell
They are expected to face competition for the 24-year-old shot-stopper though, with a number of Premier League clubs said to be interested.
Sunderland could lose No 1 keeper Jordan Pickford this summer, while Everton and Bournemouth are both looking to replace Joel Robles and Artur Boruc between the sticks.
Bruce admitted over the weekend that he hopes to keep Johnstone at Villa for at least one more season and is planning to sit down the United boss Jose Mourinho.
"I am going to see Mr Mourinho," he told the Aston Villa's official website. "Everyone agrees that Sam needed to go and play football.
Sam Johnstone has kept five clean sheets in his last six games
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“The difference between him now and three months ago is there for all to see. He’s grown into the role.
“He’s now more comfortable in the role – and he’s got that from playing. We have given him that platform to play.
“If there’s an opportunity that we can get him to play more next season I would love to do it.
“I will be having that conversation with Mr Mourinho when the time is right. But I hope we can extend it.”