Report: Crystal Palace now frontrunners for Sheffield United target Rhian Brewster
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Report: Crystal Palace now frontrunners for Sheffield United target Rhian Brewster

Sheffield United look set to miss out on Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, with Crystal Palace set to win the race for the young forward.

According to the Daily Mail’s latest report, Palace are now frontrunners to sign the young striker. It is claimed the Eagles are the most willing of all the interested clubs to meet Liverpool’s apparent £20m release-clause.

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This, of course, would seemingly rule the Blades out of the running to sign the former Swansea loanee. Brewster is a long-term target for United, with Chris Wilder admitting at the weekend that he had spoken to Jurgen Klopp about potentially signing the 20-year-old.

Palace’s only apparent issue comes in the form of the clauses Liverpool are demanding be inserted into any permanent transfer deal. It is claimed the Reds would like both a sell-on and a buy-back included in any transfer.

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That point could well prove the sticking point for Palace. However, the Blades may be more willing to bow to such a package, especially if it helps either drive the price down or assist with how the deal is structured.

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Despite admitting he might need to be patient in his pursuit of his final target of the summer, you get the impression Wilder and Stephen Bettis won’t wait forever on this deal.

Of course, we’d all love Brewster to sign on the dotted line but it appears that Liverpool are digging their heels a bit and looking to get the best deal they can.

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The issue Brewster has is where he will get minutes. He’s likely to come almost immediately into United’s XI at the moment, while Palace have Jordan Ayew as their number one striking option.

Let’s hope this is concluded this week before it becomes a case of being bogged down on one transfer for another two weeks.

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