Sheffield United are competing with Norwich City for the £4m signing of Chelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer, according to the Sun (April 30, page 50).
Palmer is currently on loan at fellow Championship side Bristol City. The 22-year-old is now seeking a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge after accepting he won’t break into the first team.
Both the Blades and Norwich have confirmed their promotion to the Premier League and are already looking to strengthen their squads.
Palmer fits the mould of both clubs of looking to sign promising, young players with big potential resale value. At £4m, the England Under-21 international is also affordable.
Who is Palmer?
The midfield ace is a product of the Blues youth system after being signed from Charlton Athletic as a teenager. However, Palmer has never made a senior appearance for the West London club.
He has spent plenty of time out on loan, though, playing 27 times and scoring five goals to help Huddersfield Town gain promotion from the Championship in 2016/17.
Palmer returned to the John Smith’s Stadium the following season but struggled in the top flight, making just four appearances. He spent the latter half of that campaign back in the second tier of English football with Derby County, scoring twice in 16 games.
This term Palmer has been on loan with Blackburn Rovers and now the Robins. In total he has scored five times in 31 matches for the two sides.
Palmer is a more attack-minded midfielder, with the ability to operate on either wing or as a number ten. In the Blades’ current system he would probably be viewed as competition for Mark Duffy in behind the two strikers.