Hull City are in talks with Sheffield United about the signing of Regan Slater, reports Hull Live.
Slater has just enjoyed a successful season on loan at Hull from Bramall Lane. The midfielder helped the Tigers to the League One title and a return to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Hull will be facing the Blades in the second tier of English football next term following their relegation from the Premier League.
Tigers manager, Grant McCann, is open about the fact he wants Slater to return to the KCOM Stadium in 2021/22.
“We’ve lost the three loan players and with Regan, he’s one we’d love to bring back for sure,” McCann said.
The 41-year-old continued: “Until it’s signed, sealed and delivered, I’m not getting myself too excited about it because I know how these things work.
“Fingers crossed, we’ll see one or two getting done over the next week or two.”
One of those deals expected to be completed is for Slater. It was previously reported that it would be a permanent transfer this time, rather than another loan.
Are the Blades making a mistake letting Regan Slater join Hull?
United aren’t in a particularly strong position when it comes to Slater.
The 21-year-old was due to be out of contract this summer, before a 12-month extension was activated.
As things stand, that seems only to ensure that the Blades receive a fee for Slater.
Yet does he have more potential than that?
If United were staying in the top flight next term then perhaps it would be right to let Slater leave.
But they are returning to the Championship – a division which Hull believe the midfielder is cut out for.
If Slater truly has his heart set on a move to the Tigers, then it makes little sense to keep him against his wishes. However, perhaps emphasising that he is wanted at Bramall Lane may convince him to stay?