Sheffield United hope to sign Dean Hammond on a permanent basis when his emergency loan from Leicester City expires.
Although Nigel Adkins refused to divulge the exact details of the contract which delivered the 32-year-old to Bramall Lane before tonight’s 3-0 victory over Fleetwood Town, The Star understands a provisional agreement is being brokered which could see him put pen to paper on a long-term deal during the January transfer window.
Hammond was Adkins’ captain when he led Southampton from the third to the first tier of English football and the midfielder said: “I’m very happy to be here, it’s taken a bit of time but I’m excited and glad it’s happened. I’m happy to be at a big club like this and looking forward to the challenge.
“This club is bigger than League One but that’s where we are at the moment. We need to get promoted. Everyone tells me this club is ready to take off. It’s got a massive fan base, a great stadium and training ground with quality players. We just need to keep winning games.”
Describing United’s ability to secure Hammond’s services as a statement of ambition and intent, Adkins added: “He knows this is a big club. We talk about leadership. Dean has always worn the armband. You can never have enough leaders in the group.”
Hammond started his career at Brighton and Hove Albion under Dean Wilkins, now United’s first team coach, before arriving at the KP Stadium via Colchester and St Mary’s. He gained the third promotion of his career when City reached the Premier League last year.
Hammond said: “If we can get out of this division then I know the manager, his staff and the players will look to kick on again. That’s the drive that’s here.”