Sheffield United transfer news: Blades and West Brom approach free agent Daniel Sturridge

Chris Wilder was unable to strengthen his Sheffield United squad in January but has made contact with a free agent striker, according to a report.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 2:02 pm
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The Blades boss had hoped to sign at least two loan players last month – including Jesse Lingard – before the Bramall Lane hierarchy withdrew its offer to make fresh funds available

Wilder, naturally disappointed with the decision, pledged to fight on as United fight to retain their Premier League status.

The 53-year-old said: “That happens. If there’s a decision made and you don’t get a player, you move on.

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Burnley will make a shock move for Benfica goalkeeper Carlos Joaquim dos Santos this summer as cover for Nick Pope. The 20-year-old American wants to move to the Premier League. (The Sun)

“All my focus is on giving the players in the group the best opportunity to focus on what’s ahead of them. That’s basically where we are.”

But according to reports, the free agent market has been explored via former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

As per 90min, Sheffield United and West Brom have made contact with Sturridge’s representatives. The 31-year-old has been without a club since March 2020.

In that time, Sturridge has been keeping fit in anticipation of a possible return to football. It is claimed he still believes he is good enough for the Premier League.

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is considering his future at Stamford Bridge following a difficult start to his Premier League career. The 27-year-old has scored just once in 11 league appearances since his £33.4million summer switch from Ajax. (Corriere dello Sport)

Sturridge’s entourage have reached out to Newcastle United after top scorer Callum Wilson was ruled out for up to eight weeks but overall is open to offers from English clubs.

That is good news for United and the Baggies, IF their interest is in fact genuine.

Here’s a round-up of the latest gossip doing the rounds across the Premier League:

Arsenal are close to finalising a summer deal for Sporting Lisbon striker Tiago Tomas. Due to the current economic climate and Sporting’s spending in recent years, it is believed the Portuguese club may accept a deal as low as £20million. (The Sun)
Liverpool have made Torino defender Gleison Bremer their top summer target. Torino are aware of the emerging interest in the Brazilian, so are anticipating several offers for the 23-year-old this summer. (Daily Mirror)
West Ham United have joined Tottenham, Leeds and Southampton in the race for Sampdoria midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard. The Serie A club want around £17million for the Denmark international. (La Repubblica via Sport Witness)
Newcastle United are looking to release Henri Saivet before his contract expires at the end of the season. The midfielder hasn't featured for the Magpies since January 2018 in the FA Cup versus Chelsea. (Ghana Web)
Steve Bruce is prepared to revisit a deal for on-loan Liverpool defender Ozan Kabak this summer IF the Reds decide against activating his £18million purchase option. The Turk endured a difficult debut at Leicester City on Saturday. (Daily Mirror via HITC)
Manchester United could battle Liverpool to sign Leeds United star Raphinha after the Brazillian starred alongside Bruno Fernandes in their time together at Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. (Manchester Evening News)
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has made “exploratory contact” with Palermo after Dario Mirri put the Italian club up for sale. It is claimed Radrizzani has previously shown interest in Bari and Genoa. (Tutto C via HITC)
Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign free agent Daniel Sturridge. West Brom and Sheffield United have both made contact with the former Liverpool striker, whose representatives have reached out to the Magpies following Callum Wilson’s injury. (90min)