Man Utd’s interesting squad selection and what it could mean for Sunderland’s transfer business

Sunderland have been trying to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop during this summer’s transfer window.

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Sunderland transfer target Nathan Bishop has been named in Manchester United’s squad to face Lyon in Edinburgh this week.

The Black Cats saw an attempt to sign the 23-year-old blocked due to United’s lack of keeper options, yet the Premier League club have now agreed a deal to sign Inter Milan stopper Andre Onana.

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That may eventually allow Bishop to leave Old Trafford, yet there has also been interest in United keeper Tom Heaton - who is the club’s only fit senior goalkeeper - from Luton.

Interestingly, Heaton has not been named in The Red Devils’ squad for the game against Lyon, with Bishop, 23-year-old Matej Kovar and 17-year-old Elyh Harrison the three keepers selected.

Sunderland have identified Bishop as a potential replacement for Alex Bass, who was allowed to join League Two side AFC Wimbledon on loan.

It means the Black Cats are short of goalkeeper options, after 19-year-old Adam Richardson suffered an injury which ruled him out of this month’s US tour.

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United have also announced that former Sunderland defender Jonny Evans has signed a short-term pre-season deal with the club, following his departure from Leicester City this summer.

The 35-year-old has been training with United while considering his options, while a club statement said Evans had ‘impressed Erik ten Hag and the coaching staff’ at Old Trafford.

Evans has been named in United’s 24-man squad which will travel to Edinburgh, along with former Sunderland loanee Amad.

Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has recently said a decision is yet to be made on the 21-year-old’s future, amid interest from several clubs.