Sheffield United transfer news: Blades could land £35m transfer fund boost, Aston Villa prepare major bid for Burnley star

Sheffield United will be eager to end their miserable campaign on a relative high ahead of their return to the Championship next season.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 8:17 am
Sheffield United's Interim manager Paul Heckingbottom (Photo by JUSTIN SETTERFIELD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A win against Crystal Palace on Saturday may not do anything to prevent the Blades from finishing rock bottom of the Premier League this term, but at the very least it would go a little way towards restoring some pride.

It could also help Paul Heckingbottom’s cause with regards to him turning his interim tenure in the dugout into a permanent one.

Speaking about the situation in a press conference recently, he said: “Nothing has changed from my perspective.

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Aston Villa are preparing a £15 million bid for Burnley winger Dwight McNeil. (Football Insider) (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

“The brief is the same as it always was and that’s to come in, try and steady the ship, get things working and get things ticking over.”

Although United insist they are exploring several lines of enquiry at home and abroad, Heckingbottom has been asked to help divide a recovery programme ahead of next term’s return to the Championship after their relegation from the Premier League was sealed last month.

“I’m just trying to make sure we’re in the best place possible, because that was part of my remit as you’d expect,” he said. “That’s what I’m doing and that’s what I’m focused on.

"Seriously, as far as I’m concered, nothing has changed. I’m doing the job in the same way as I was asked to and with the same targets in mind which are fir the benefit of the club.”

Manchester City are being linked with a move for Yves Bissouma at Premier League rivals Brighton. (Daily Star) (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

We've gathered the best of the rest of today's Premier League transfer speculation below...

Burnley have cooled their interest in Liverpool winger Harry Wilson and are not expected to pursue his signature in the summer. (The Athletic) (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Arsenal and Everton are considering bids for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge as his release clause has reduced to £35million. (Sky Sports) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mat Ryan would be a “very good” pick up for Arsenal as a permanent signing from Brighton & Hove Albion, according to Harry Redknapp. (The World Game) (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer will ‘end up at Newcastle United’ if he is going to leave the Scottish Premiership giants during the summer transfer window, former Norway international Vidar Riseth. (Daily Record) (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Leeds United target Nicolas Tagliafico has admitted that he would be keen on a summer move. The Ajax defender said: “I’m not going to lie to you, I would love to move to a more challenging league". (Radio Marca) (Photo by Peter Dejong - Pool/Getty Images)
Mikel Merino could replace the legendary Sergio Busquets at Barcelona three years after Newcastle United sold him to Real Sociedad. (Mundo Deportivo) (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
Leeds United are confident Rodrigo De Paul can be signed this summer for less than the £37 million Udinese demanded for the player back in 2020. (Football Insider) (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)