Sheffield United: Blades close-in on target

Kieron Freeman should return to Bramall Lane next season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Kieron Freeman should return to Bramall Lane next season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United are poised to announce the signing of Kieron Freeman after talks with the Wales under-21 international reached an advanced stage, writes James Shield.

As The Star revealed earlier this month, the Derby County defender had been offered the chance of a return to Bramall Lane after impressing on loan for Nigel Clough’s side last term.

Barring any unforeseen complications, the League One club expect to confirm Freeman’s capture before they begin pre-season training on July 3.

United, who remain interested in Barnsley centre-forward Chris O’Grady despite reports they would be unable to secure his release from Oakwell, are pressing ahead with their makeover of Clough’s squad ahead of August 9th’s curtain-raiser against Bristol City.

Chris Basham, James Wallace and Marc McNulty are among five new faces to arrive this summer while Chris Porter has agreed a new contract.

Freeman, aged 22, will be the second County player Clough has recruited in recent weeks following Ben Davies’ decision to join on a permanent basis.

Clough took charge of United in October following a four year spell at the iPro Stadium.

Negotiations with Freeman, who has also represented Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield Town, gathered pace following his parent club’s appearance in the Championship play-off final four weeks ago.

Meanwhile, former United centre-half Kyle McFadzean has joined MK Dons from Crawley Town for an undisclosed sum.

Younger brother Callum, seven years his junior, remains on the books at Bramall Lane.