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Potential transfer twist emerges as journalist makes claim on Manchester United’s pursuit of Watford player



Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann is still in pole position to become David de Gea’s backup option at Manchester United, according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook who made this revelation to Give Me Sport.

The Austrian could be set to play a key part for the Hornets next season, though he’s likely to be in a bitter tussle with Maduka Okoye for a starting spot at Vicarage Road following the Nigeran’s return from Sparta Rotterdam.

However, it isn’t as though they currently have a surplus of viable options in this area with Ben Foster leaving the club on the expiration of his contract and Rob Elliot’s departure being announced yesterday.

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Despite this, they could see Bachmann depart with Erik ten Hag’s United thought to have him on their radar along with Newcastle United’s Karl Darlow. However, the latter looks set to have a role at St James’ Park next season, potentially ruling out a move for the Englishman.

In a potential further blow to the Red Devils, it was recently reported that they had been priced out of a move for 27-year-old Bachmann and had pulled out of the race because of this.

But Crook is one man who believes he is the favourite to come in as he spoke to Give Me Sport.

Speaking about the Hornets’ shot-stopper, he said: “At the moment, I think he’s definitely the frontrunner to become De Gea’s understudy with Henderson going out on a straight loan deal to Nottingham Forest.”

The Verdict:

He has shown before that he can remain professional even when remaining behind another shot-stopper in the pecking order so this certainly wouldn’t be a bad signing for United.

The 27-year-old may not possess the ability of Henderson – but it’s no surprise that a player of the latter’s quality wants to leave Old Trafford and they have actually dealt with the situation in a very mature way.

Holding him hostage may have created a bad atmosphere at the club and this is the last thing they need considering how bad things got under Ralf Rangnick, so letting him go temporarily is their best option.

They may want to bring through some of their younger players like James Garner to provide real freshness in the first-team squad – but a young shot-stopper from the academy shouldn’t be a backup option.

That would be a huge responsibility for the youngster that would come in to take on and ideally, they need to ply their trade elsewhere to get some experience under their belt before returning to Old Trafford.

A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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