Aston Villa are believed to be interested in snapping up Sam Johnstone on a permanent deal from Manchester United, according to  the Daily Mail.

Sam Johnstone is prepared to sign permanently for Aston Villa should Steve Bruce’s side secure promotion to the Premier League.

The goalkeeper, on loan from Manchester United, produced a stirring display to keep a clean sheet in the victory over Cardiff and will be a priority transfer for Villa in the summer.

United triggered a year extension to Johnstone’s contract two months ago to ensure he was not a free agent once this season ends and Villa may have to pay £5million to secure his services.

Johnstone is arguably already worth more than that figure, given the quality of his performances for Villa over the past 18 months.

And Johnstone’s potential means that he could be worth significantly more in the future, so Bruce will be eager to get this deal over the line.

At 25, Johnstone is still very young for a goalkeeper, and he has years ahead of him to develop.

Villa’s 1-0 win over Cardiff came courtesy of a superb volley by Jack Grealish but owed much credit to a string of saves from the impressive Johnstone and promotion automatically or via the play-offs is on the agenda for Bruce and Aston Villa.

Johnstone, 25, said a permanent move was the next step, adding: “I want to play every week. At Man United you are probably not going to play every week.”

“I only have a year left on my contract. I am just enjoying my time here. I’m concentrating on Villa at the moment.”

“It’s just a case of waiting, hopefully get Villa promoted and then sit down in the summer – hopefully after a few holidays – and see where I’m at. I want to carry on playing football.”

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