Sheffield United could be locked in a battle with Sheffield Wednesday over the signing of Manchester City starlet, Keyendrah Simmonds.
The Sheffield Star claims that both Sheffield clubs are keen on landing the teenager, who has had another good year with the development squads at the Etihad.
Both the Blades and the Owls are looking to be smart in the market this summer when it comes to signing players.
The addition of a young star like Simmonds, then, could represent value for money if City are indeed prepared to let one of their talented teenage talents walk away.
Interestingly, Wednesday have just captured Dele-Bashiru from City. That, they hope, may give them a slight advantage when it comes to Simmonds making a decision.
However, United have the attraction of Premier League football plus the chance to work with Chris Wilder, whose reputation has soared in the game this year.
Simmonds can play wide left or up top if needed. He is already on the England radar, having made a handful of appearances for the Three Lions at an under-18 level already.
Talented young player but will he get the chance to play at Bramall Lane?
There’s little point in us pretending to know an awful lot about Simmonds. He’s yet to feature at senior level for City and at the minute, is just another promising youngster emerging from a top PL club.
However, he has shown he knows where the net is. A game against Manchester United at youth level a couple of seasons back saw him score twice in 4-1 win.
The concern for the player will be over minutes on the pitch. Chris Wilder has a pretty set group he tends to select from, so whether Simmonds could break into that remains to be seen.
But, it’s good to see the club looking at younger players. The future of the club, of course, has to be considered when we make any sort of moves in the market.