Manchester United have signed free agent goalkeeper Tom Heaton

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Manchester United have signed free agent goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

England international Heaton, whose contract with Aston Villa expired after last season, returns to the club where he started his career as a youngster, signing a contract until 2023.

The 35-year-old will offer competition for goalkeepers David de Gea and Dean Henderson, with Sergio Romero set to leave the club this summer and no official confirmation of Lee Grant’s future.

Since leaving United, Heaton has made three caps for England and had permanent spells with Cardiff City, Bristol City, Burnley and Villa.

Heaton said: “For me to have the opportunity to come back after spending 13 great years here as a kid, it’s an incredible feeling and I’m really, really excited to get started.

“I’m just seeing it as a fantastic opportunity as I still feel I’ve got an awful lot to give and I’ve got the bit between my teeth.

“I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running. I feel in great shape and I’m looking forward to coming in to compete with the other goalkeepers.”

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