Sheffield United are being linked with a move for Wolves defender Conor Coady this summer, with Everton yet to decide if they want to keep him.
Reports over the weekend surfaced to suggest United are looking at Coady as a potential signing. Everton have yet to trigger a £4.5m clause to make his transfer permanent. Coady, then, could well be available on a free transfer.
Coady, who has been a regular part of the England set up in the last few years, has made more than 170 Premier League appearances.
It is clear, then, why Paul Heckingbottom will see him as the ideal sort of signing.
Coady loved his time at Bramall Lane
The 30-year-old defender has matured into that role over his career. But those Sheffield United fans who remember his loan spell at Bramall Lane will note that he wasn’t always the central defender he is now.
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Coady, while on loan with United under Nigel Clough, actually played a more marauding midfield role with the Blades.
“We had a good Liverpool youth side in them days but I left and went on loan to Sheffield Utd and, honestly, it was incredible,” Coady said.
“I enjoy where I’m playing now, but back in them days at Sheff U, it was great. It was all out attack and just try and run forward and keep scoring, honestly I loved every minute of it.”
Certainly, it seems Bramall Lane holds a special place in Coady’s heart. As it seems to do with most players who make the move to the Blades.
Sheffield United News View: Coady is what the Blades need
We’ve written about this already but Conor Coady is a player Sheffield United have to look at. He has everything the club needs in terms of the perfect signing in defence.
Yes, he is over the age of player Prince Abdullah ideally wants to bring in. But you cannot buy experience and Coady is still more than capable of holding his own as a regular in the XI as well, not just being an influence in the dressing room.
Clearly, Coady enjoyed his time with United. And in a world where wages and contracts seem to matter the most, United might just look to use that endearment to their advantage in the race to sign Coady.