Sam Johnstone’s Loan Move To Championship Club Blocked

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Angry Jose Mourinho has straight away rejected a bid from Wolves to sign goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, as punishment for the Championship side’s approach towards Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

The Wolves decided to go for Johnstone on emergency loan last Friday, following injuries to Andy Lonergan and Carl Ikeme, but Manchester United boss informed them Johnstone would be staying at Old Trafford, as per the Telegraph.

It is believed that Wolves angered United regarding the lack of playing time for defender Borthwick-Jackson, who now looks all set to return to Old Trafford in January.

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This will come as a shocking news to those who have seen how the 19-year-old full-back broke into the first team at United last term.

Following a series of impressive performances in the Premier League, he was tipped to be a mega hit in the Championship. However, the teenager has played only seven matches since his loan move in August, and the deal will be cut short in January due to him not getting enough game time under new manager Paul Lambert.

Furthermore, United are so frustrated with the Championship side, that they have blocked Wolverhampton’s offer to sign Johnstone on a week’s loan to fight with their goalkeeper shortage.

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Wolves are really struggling this season as they sit in 19th place now, just two points adrift of the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Johnstone is believed to be edging closer to join Aston Villa for the rest of the season in January, with talks at advance stage. Steve Bruce chose the 23-year-old, as he is looking for more goalkeeping cover, and expects to complete the deal soon.

Villa are also in talks with Arsenal over a loan deal for defender Carl Jenkinson, who is free to leave in January.


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