Newly promoted club want to sign Sheffield United forward permanently

As The Star predicted earlier this summer, West Bromwich Albion have approached Sheffield United about the possibility of signing Callum Robinson on a permanent basis following his successful loan spell at The Hawthorns.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 3:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 5:51 pm

Robinson made 16 appearances and scored three goals after joining Slaven Bilic’s side in January, helping them win promotion from the Championship before returning to Bramall Lane.

Although Chris Wilder remains an admirer of the Republic of Ireland international - paying an undisclosed sum to lure him away from Preston North End last year - United are unlikely to turn down any serious offers for those likely to be on the periphery of his starting eleven next term.

Uncertainty surrounding Lys Mousset’s future could persuade the manager to hang fire, however, until the Frenchman reports back for training - when coaching staff will assess his physical conditioning.

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After seeing the after-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic force Bramall Lane’s hierarchy to reduce his recruitment budget, it is expected that Wilder will be forced to create room on the club’s budget before completing his overhaul of a squad which finished ninth in the table last season.

AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is the only target United are seriously considering at this stage if, as seems likely given Manchester United’s demands, Dean Henderson does not return following two successful years in South Yorkshire. Wigan Athletic defender Antonee Robinson, Reading midfielder John Swift and Matty Cash, the Nottingham Forest full-back, also feature on Wilder’s wanted list.

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Sheffield United's Callum Robinson (left), Jack O'Connell and Billy Sharp: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Callum Robinson celebrates promotion with West Bromwich Albion: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images