Ben Amos
Manchester United have told Ben Amos that he is free to leave the club if an interested party makes an offer Getty

Manchester United are reportedly set to begin a search for a new goalkeeper in January after telling third choice stopper Ben Amos, "he is free" to find a new club.

According to the Daily Mail, the Old Trafford club will have to find an able back up for David de Gea as second choice goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is also close to leaving the club.

De Gea has been in impressive form this season, and is arguably the best keeper in the Premier League at the moment. The Spaniard has single-handedly won games for United this season and has hence been indispensable for manager Louis van Gaal.

The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper's form has meant that second and third choice keepers Lindegaard and Amos have failed to get any game time even in domestic cup competitions.

Amos, who has been at the club since he was 11-years-old made his last senior appearance almost three years ago. Thus United have informed the youngster that they will not stand in the way if he receives offers from any interested club.

On the other hand, Lindegaard has been on the fringe since signing for the Red Devils, but has failed to displace De Gea from the number one spot. He did get a fair chance under former manager David Moyes, but has been a spectator this season under the Dutchman.

The Danish goalkeeper has reportedly received offers from Molde, and the report claims that United could bring in Norwegian goalkeeper Orjan Nyland in a straight swap.

Earlier in the summer there were reports suggesting that Lindegaard had been released, but it turned out to be false. However, the player did admit that he is looking to play regular football rather than sit on the bench.

United could have a readymade backup in Victor Valdes, who has been training with the club at their Carrington training base since October, and a recent report has suggested that they have made a formal bid to sign him on a free transfer.