The January transfer window is drawing ever nearer and Sheffield United striker, Lys Mousset, is apparently being tracked by Turkish side, Besiktas.
Mousset has once again suffered a stop-start season. When fit, he has contributed, scoring three Championship goals, including a brace at Barnsley a few weeks back.
However, overall, fitness and off the field issues have blighted his spell with the Blades. Mousset was signed by Chris Wilder for around £10m after promotion to the Premier League.
Initially, it seemed a masterstroke. ‘Moose’ scored six times for Wilder, and tore the likes of Man United, Everton, and Wolves to shreds.
But since then, injuries and fitness problems have hindered Mousset’s progress in S2. And now Turkish publication, Fotomac, claims Mousset is on the radar of Besiktas for the January window.
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Their report claims that Mousset is valued at around the £6.5m mark. It’s suggested Besiktas want to make their approach in December, with the ambition of concluding swift negotiations for the Blades ace.
Mousset is out of contract in the summer. However, United do have an option to extend by a year. That could well put the Blades in a stronger position to get some sort of fee in January. Certainly, anything around that £6.5m fee mentioned wouldn’t be sniffed at.
Our View: Mousset doesn’t have enough good days for us to keep persisting
Everyone wants Lys Mousset to succeed. Most Blades fans can see there is a serious player in there. However, the issue is that we just do not see that player enough.
The notion that if he gets and stays fit he can be a big asset for Sheffield United is true. But he’s been in England five years now, and has yet to complete 90 minutes. Surely that tells its own story?
Unfortunately, if Besiktas are willing to pay something (and it won’t be that £6m or so in Fotomac’s article), then we might have to take it. If that money lets Jokanovic get his own players in during January, then so be it.
Some ruthless decisions need to be made with this squad. Mousset, then, is not exempt from being given the chop and in reality, is one who fans would probably understand being moved on.