Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United to battle it out for Manchester City youngster Keyendrah Simmonds?
Sheffield Wednesday have already snapped up one Manchester City youth starlet, and now they could be targeting another – but might face competition for close to home in city rivals, Sheffield United.
Teenage attacker, Keyendrah Simmonds, still has one year left on his current contract in Manchester as things stand, but The Star understands that he – like Fisayo Dele-Bashiru – is keen to venture out and gain some more experience playing at senior level.
According to our sources, both Sheffield clubs are interested in the 19-year-old as he weighs up his options for the 2020/21 season, though others such as Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion are also believed to be tracking his situation closely.
Simmonds, who can play as a left-winger or up front, has been with City’s academy since the age of eight, has played and scored for England at youth level, and came on against both Shrewsbury Town and Scunthorpe United in the EFL Trophy in the season just gone.
The Star is led to believe that the Blades have made a tentative approach to City regarding the talented teenager, but that the Owls have also spoken of a potential approach as they plan for what could be a tough season ahead following news of their 12-point deduction in the Championship.
While United hold the allure of the Premier League, Wednesday may be able to offer more game time for ‘Keke’, and also have the extra trump card of having just signed a close friend of his in Dele-Bashiru – the two were born just a few months apart and game through the ranks at City together.
With clubs looking to move early in the transfer window as they seek to best plan for the 2020/21 campaign, Simmonds could be an interesting piece of business for either of the Steel City clubs in what will be a very quick turnaround.
At this point in time there is nothing concrete in place as the teenager considers his future at the Etihad, but there does seem to be a chance that he could trade Manchester for Sheffield in an attempt to take the next step in his career.