Sheffield United starlet Regan Slater is a wanted man this summer but Hull City are struggling to get a deal in place as things stand.
Slater was a key figure for the Tigers as they won promotion back to the Championship last term. The 21-year-old made 27 appearances in League One, netting just the once.
Hull are said to be keen on landing Slater on a permanent basis. As covered by us a few weeks back, it leaves the midfielder’s future a bit up in the air.
But speaking to BBC Humberside, via Hull Live, City manager Grant McCann has admitted a deal for Slater is currently looking difficult.
“Regan’s a difficult one really. We’d love to get Regan in, there’s no question about that. We’d love to get him in to the football club,” McCann said.
“But at this present time it’s a little bit difficult because the manager may want to look at Regan in pre-season. We’re trying, but there’s other options.”
United took up an option to extend Slater’s contract this summer. It prevents the youngster leaving for nothing right now.
Slavisa Jokanovic is yet to officially start work at Bramall Lane. But given his track record with young players, it’s highly likely he’ll at least want to run the rule over Slater in the summer.
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Slater has been knocking on the door for some time now. A few pre-seasons with Chris Wilder led many to believe he’d get his chance. But for whatever reason, it’s not quite happened.
In fairness to Slater, he’s done well with Hull. And now, quite rightly, he wants to keep playing having got the taste for it.
There is a space in the Blades squad for him, too. John Lundstram has gone, while Sander Berge is also likely to leave. That means midfield looks light and Slater could well stake his claim.
Ultimately, this will be down to Jokanovic. But whatever the decision is with Slater, the club needs to ensure he is looked after. If a move to Hull is best for his career, then it might make sense for the Blades to allow him to go.