Man Utd 'closing in' on signing of American goalkeeper, as Norway midfielder departs WSL club

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Manchester United are set to complete the signing of a new goalkeeper, according to reports.

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of OL Reign goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce, according to the DailyMail.

The report claims that Marc Skinner's side are edging closer to an agreed on a fee with the American side that will see her join the Red Devils in a 'record fee' - though current United number one Mary Earps is expected to STAY with the club.

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Despite that, it appears the club have pushed forward with a deal for 26-year-old Tullis-Joyce, who is reported to be heading to Manchester in hope of completing a 'record breaking' deal to the Women's Super League (WSL) side.

Also linked to West Ham United stopper Mackenzie Arnold last week, United were said to be 'preparing' for the departure of the Lionesses goalkeeper but it appears the 30-year-old will remain at the club for this summer at least after the club told interested suitors she was 'not for sale'.

The Golden Glove winner has just one year to run on her current deal and has been subject to a 'world record' bid from WSL rivals Arsenal in the last month, while clubs in Europe are also said to be monitoring her situation after reports stated she looked 'like she didn't want to be' at the club during recent events.

Despite rumours she is unhappy at the club, Earps started this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Liverpool alongside her England team mates Ella Toone and Katie Zelem.

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The WSL transfer window slams shut on September 14 and United are also hoping to complete the signing of Irene Guerrero from Atletico Madrid on a permanent transfer, while Norway midfielder Vilde Boe Risa moved in the opposite direction yesterday to end her two year stay at the club.

The signings of Guerrero and Tullis-Joyce would take Manchester United's summer in-comings to a total of seven after the signings of Geyse, Emma Watson, Gemma Evans, Evie Rabjohn and World Cup Golden Boot winner Hinata Miyazawa.

Meanwhile Adriana Leon, Aïssatou Tounkara, Alessia Russo, Ona Batte and Maria Thorisdottir have been the big name departures for the Reds.

Manchester United begin their WSL season with a trip to the Midlands on October 1 as they take on Carla Ward's Aston Villa, live on BBC.

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