Sheffield United will deliver an important message to their transfer targets
Chris Wilder aims to flex his muscles in the transfer market this week, reminding Sheffield United’s transfer targets that the likes of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, believes Bramall Lane is the ideal destination for players to establish themselves in the Premier League.
Although Rhian Brewster, one of the most exciting young talents at Anfield, remains locked in talks about a potential move to South Yorkshire and could be joined in United’s squad by fellow centre-forward Oliver Burke, Wilder’s recruitment drive remains focused on cherry-picking the best up-and-coming footballers from Championship clubs.
But with many top-flight sides effectively tracking United’s manoeuvres in the market before attempting to hijack their proposed deals - Wilder’s reputation for spotting untapped potential is unparalleled at the highest level - his negotiators will remind those being lined-up for moves to South Yorkshire that Klopp thinks Brewster’s education would be best served by heading there rather than the likes of Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur, who are also keen to acquire the England under-21 international. The German’s belief stems from his admiration for the manner in which United adapted to life in the PL - devising a strategy built around an attacking, high-pressing game which saw them finish ninth, only 16 months after being promoted.
“We’re delighted with the business we’ve done,” Wilder, who has signed goalkeepers Aaron Ramsdale and Wes Foderingham, said. “We’re looking at two or three more to make us stronger, and we’re working hard to get things done.”
Brewster. Aged 20, is being lined-up for a switch to United with Klopp preferring a loan rather than a permanent deal. Burke, of West Bromwich Albion, is also admired by Wilder - who has been asked to consider a swap deal involving United striker Callum Robinson. Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash is another name on Wilder’s wanted list, although Aston Villa have tried to steal a march by offering £10m for the defender. Reading midfielder John Swift has also been approached about joining United, but officials ar the Madejski Stadium are convinced they can retain the former Chelsea player's services.