Sheffield United confirmed the signing of Leicester City defender Luke Thomas today as they strengthened the ranks.

Ahead of deadline day, United have now made nine signings but Paul Heckingbottom is hoping to make that even more come the deadline tomorrow night.

On Heckingbottom’s agenda is the arrival of new attacking options. James McAtee remains a key target, while the Blades boss has also confirmed others are ‘down the line’.

Of course, the addition of Thomas strengthens the left-back area which has been decimated by injury.

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Max Lowe and Ben Osborn are now both out injured, while Rhys Norrington-Davies remains some way off a return and Yasser Larouci is still getting used to English football.

And according to journalist Ben Jacobs, United moved quickly to sign Thomas, beating Yorkshire rivals Leeds United to the signing of the England under-21 ace.

Thomas will hope to be picked this weekend when United take on Everton at Bramall Lane. Indeed, Heckingbottom has confirmed the new signing will be involved in one way or another.

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It wasn’t too long ago that players would be picking signing for Leeds over Sheffield United in a heartbeat.

But it just shows the lure of Premier League football and how that can help get deals done.

The Blades were desperate for a new wing-back really after the injuries sustained and Thomas should be able to come straight into the XI and contribute.

All in all, this window has been a good one and if one or two more can arrive tomorrow, then we can have few complaints as a fanbase.