Aaron Ramsdale is reportedly a target for West Ham United this summer.
The Hammers are apparently ready to make a move for Ramsdale if Sheffield United are relegated to the Championship.
Which seems highly likely, despite their 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
The result means the Blades have now bettered the lowest ever Premier League points total for a season – which was set by Derby County with 11 in 2007/08.
Yet they are still bottom of the table and 12 points from safety with nine matches left to play.
Ramsdale impressed once again in that win against Villa, commanding his box to keep only a third clean sheet of the season.
The England Under-21 international’s performances have improved greatly of late, having been criticised early on following his summer move from Bournemouth.
West Ham have clearly taken note of this and also like Ramsdale’s long-term appeal. The East London club’s current two goalkeepers – Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph – will be 36 and 34 respectively by the end of this campaign.
At 22, Ramsdale would be a signing for the future as much as anything.
Will Ramsdale join West Ham?
Even if the Blades are relegated as expected, there seems little chance the stopper will leave Bramall Lane.
Under contract until 2024, Ramsdale clearly doesn’t see his immediate future elsewhere.
After putting in another fine display in a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, the 22-year-old told The Sheffield Star:
“Whatever league we’re in next season, I want to be a part of it and I want to be able to help the team. That starts now, being consistent every week, on and off the pitch.”
Teammate David McGoldrick – who scored the winner against Villa – also thinks Ramsdale will stay put.
“Rammers is a top, young goalkeeper. It was his first year in the Premier League last year. Before that he was in League One,” McGoldrick told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game.
“He’s going to be a top goalkeeper for Sheffield United. He’s our number one. We see it every day how good he is and he’s getting better and more confident.”