Manchester United have signed goalkeeper Nathan Bishop from Southend United, and he has moved to Old Trafford on a two and a half year deal,
The 20 year old came up through the ranks at Southend, although he did once have a trial with West Ham but was unable to secure a contract with the East London club.
He made his professional debut against Scunthorpe in December 2017, and has made 17 appearances for the club this season. Bishop was called up for the England under-20 squad for the Toulon tournament last June, and made his debut in the 4 – 0 win over Guatemala.
The fee paid has not been disclosed, although the Southend chairman Ron Martin indicated that it was not significant, at least in the short-term. He said: ‘The initial payment, if it goes through, is not so significant. However, if Nathan progresses and is ultimately sold then Southend United would benefit.
‘For both club and player I hope that proves to be the case sometime in the future.’
It is expected that Bishop will join his new team mates at their warm weather training camp next week during the Premier League winter break.
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