Man Utd have forgotten man Tom Heaton, wanted on loan by Middlesbrough, with Chris Wilder wanting a new No1

MANCHESTER UNITED’s forgotten goalkeeper Tom Heaton is a shock target for Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder.

Wilder wants a new No 1 and is keen to loan Heaton, 36, if United let him go rather than leave him at Old Trafford as cover.

Man Utd reserve keeper Tom Heaton, 36, is wanted by Middlesbrough

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Man Utd reserve keeper Tom Heaton, 36, is wanted by MiddlesbroughPhoto credit: AFP

The former Aston Villa and Burnley stopper would welcome playing time and a challenge after falling to third choice.

Wilder had dreamed of a reunion with United’s Dean Henderson after they enjoyed two successful seasons at Sheffield United between 2018 and 2020.

But Hendo is still awaiting a move to the Premier League – either on loan or as a purchase.

Championship side Boro were willing to pay £40,000 a week for Henderson’s salary but United wanted more.

And contact with the 25-year-old’s camp showed that he was waiting for a top opportunity.

So while Henderson’s future is upside down, Wilder must also await a decision from Heaton as he considers alternative targets.

The Boro boss will also bring on Northampton glover Liam Roberts as cover in a surprise deal.

Voted Best Goalkeeper in the Second Division at the recent PFA Awards, 27-year-old Roberts is out of contract.

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If he moves, Joe Lumley could go on a season-long loan or go to Reading for free.

Wilder has also joined the race for Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury and is fighting for a temporary deal against West Brom.

And he will sign Blackburn defender Darragh Lenihan, we’ve revealed.

Meanwhile, young United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop, 22, will join League One New Boys Exeter on loan.

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