Sheffield United transfer news and rumours: Arsenal youngster to join Blades, Gunners chase for pair, Stoke City after international midfielder, Sheffield Wednesday put big price on Millwall target
Sheffield United’s transfer business is expected to step up a notch from this week onwards as new boss Slavisa Jokanovic enters the building.
The former Fulham and Watford promotion winner officially joins the Blades on Thursday and jumps straight into work, setting about the task of taking the Blades back into the Premier League at the first attempt.
One of his first jobs will be to find out the state of play with those players who are being linked with moves elsewhere.
No bids yet for Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge
While there is known to be interest in Sander Berge and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, as The Star reported, the club are expecting there to be some movement on at these one of those front. Both players have been linked with moves to Arsenal, with Berge at least known to have admirers in North London.
Jokanovic will speak to the midfielder this week when he arrives in South Yorkshire, conscious that if an acceptable offer for Berge doesn’t come in during this window, then there will need to be plans in place for the Norway international to be part of the team.
Ramsdale’s situation is slightly different. The keeper has spoken to the club already with regard to his future, stating that he wants to stay, however his call-up into the England squad for Euro 2020 has plunged the stopper into the spotlight. United are understood to value Ramsdale at around £40 million.
As yet, there has been no concrete offer for either Berge or Ramsdale.
Clubs keen on Kean Bryan
As reported in The Star last week, Kean Bryan is another player who is drawing interest from elsewhere in the Championship. Bryan surprisingly gained more game time than expected in the Premier League last season and more often than not impressed in the backline. However, his contract is about to run out and he too will have talks with SLavisa Jokanovic this week about whether or the defender will sign the new contract that has been offered to him.
As reported again today in the national press, West Brom are watching developments.
Arsenal kid heading to Bramall Lane
Sheffield United are reportedly set to sign Arsenal youngster Sydie Peck. The 16 year old was highly-rated at one point at Arsenal but was let go. Having spent a period on trial at Brighton, United have stepped in to offer the midfielder an opportunity. United recently took on another young Gunner in Will Lankshear.
Fulham and AFC Bournemouth set for managerial switch
Two of the teams expected to challenge United for promotion this season are set for some upheaval this week. Fulham boss Scott Parker is reportedly about to head for Bournemouth, with a deal likely to be done within the next 48 hours. Full Story
Elsewhere in the Championship…
Stoke City, Hull City and Swansea watching international midfielder
St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann is drawing the attention of a host of Championship clubs. The Northern Ireland international has come off the back of a hugely impressive season for club and country and is valued at £1million by his club. Two managers with Northern Irish links have been credited with interest in the 21-year-old from Edinburgh. Stoke City’s former NI boss Michael O’Neill is keen on taking on McCann, while Grant McCall, himself a former wearer of the green jersey, also wants the player at Hull City. Swansea City are also reported to be keen, according to The Sun on Sunday.
Barnsley look to Austrian as new boss
According to The Yorkshire Post, Barnsley look set to bring in TSV Hartberg’s Markus Schopp as the man to replace Valerien Ismael who last week took over at West Brom. Schopp recently extended his contract at the Austrian Bundesliga side and reportedly has a release clause valued at around £300,000.
Sheffield Wednesday have a big price on Josh Windass
Millwall are going to have to fork out an eye-watering £5million if they want to take Josh Windass from Sheffield Wednesday, according to The Sun on Sunday. Wednesday have already batted away two bids from the Lions and may go back in with another but it’s unlikely they will stretch to that figure in the current climate. League One Rumours