Sheffield United will not be signing last season’s on-loan striker, Richairo Zivkovic, with reports from The Examiner claiming he could be off to Groningen.

Zivkovic, who moved to Bramall Lane in January from China, failed to make any sort of impact at United and was limited to just a handful of substitute appearances post-lockdown.

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It seems, then, that the forward hasn’t done enough to convince Chris Wilder to make a permanent move for him, with little talk in the last few weeks of a deal being resurrected.

And this from The Examiner would seem to confirm Zivkovic is not coming back, with Groningen set to offer him the chance of going back to the Netherlands.

The Blades boss is set to be working with a reduced budget this summer. Because of that, he decided against pursuing a deal for fellow loanee, Panos Retsos, while it also looks to have impacted any potential deal for Zivkovic.

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Most Sheffield United fans will admit that they wanted to see more of Zivkovic and that they wanted the move to Bramall Lane to work out for him.

At a glance, he looked to have all the tools necessary with his pace and finishing around the box. However, the pandemic struck at the worst possible time for Zivkovic and he never got the chance to get going.

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Couple that with the form of McBurnie, McGoldrick, Sharp, and Mousset, and he was always going to find it tough.

It’s a shame but, hopefully, a move back to Holland can help him back to his best.

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