Sheffield United are now the favourites to sign Antonee Robinson from Wigan Athletic in a £1.5m deal, according to the Sun.
Newly promoted West Bromwich Albion have been trying to secure the transfer of Robinson themselves for the past few weeks.
Yet despite the fact the Baggies will be joining United in the Premier League next season, the fact the latter are more established in the division makes them a more attractive prospect for the defender.
Robinson is free to leave Wigan for the £1.5m they paid Everton for him last summer following their relegation from the Championship.
The cash-strapped club are desperate to raise funds quickly. They entered administration in 2019/20 and suffered a 12-point deduction as a result.
That means selling assets such as Robinson, whom almost joined AC Milan at the start of the year. However, the move fell through when the Serie A side detected an irregular heartbeat during the USA international’s medical.
Robinson has since been cleared of the issue without requiring surgery.
Now the Blades have swooped in to bring the 23-year-old to Bramall Lane and are hopeful of completing the deal within the next 48 hours.
Where would Antonee Robinson fit in?
Robinson is a left-back and is therefore presumably being viewed as competition for Enda Stevens. The American has also played on the wing, so clearly has attacking intent.
This would make him an ideal fit in a United team whose width is provided almost entirely by their wing-backs.
Where this leaves Ben Osborn is unclear, with the 26-year-old having been backup to Stevens in the position last term. Yet Osborn also plays in central midfield and manager Chris Wilder is keen to bolster his relatively small squad.
Robinson is a product of the Toffees academy and spent two years out on loan before leaving permanently for Wigan in 2019.
Although he has never played in the top flight, the full-back is highly regarded. Therefore, signing him for just £1.5m would be considered a great deal.