Sheffield United are among a group of clubs who are interested in signing Stoke City midfielder, Sam Clucas, during the summer window.
That’s according to respected journalist Alan Nixon, who claims the Blades want to sign Clucas. A number of other Championship clubs, including Nottingham Forest and Millwall, are also keen.
Clucas has endured an injury hit spell with the Potters. However, he started five consecutive games at the end of last season as he appeared over his injury worries.
The versatile 30-year-old arrived in Stoke for around £6m (BBC). Clucas has previously played in the Premier League, too, knocking together 66 appearances in the top flight.
Stoke are looking to cut a few costs this summer after another season where they barely troubled the promotion places. Clucas, who is thought to be on around £30k-a-week, could be one of those let go.
Formerly a wide player, Clucas has moved more centrally in recent seasons.
His manager at Stoke, Michael O’Neill, was full of praise for him last season after his return from injury.
“It’s been a bit stop-start. He had a calf injury earlier in the season and then he had hernia operation as well. But you could see what he’s about (in the final day win at Bournemouth). He has fantastic energy, fantastic running power,” O’Neill said. (Lancashire Telegraph)
Sheffield United News View: Clucas a solid player but there are issues
Sam Clucas would be a good player to come in on that right side of midfield with John Lundstram going. United do need someone there, especially if Sander Berge goes as well.
But, there are a few alarm bells with Clucas. As mentioned, he’s had a bit of a torrid time with injury. We’d need to ensure he is over those, before committing to a deal.
Second, he is now 30, so it’s not the most long-term signing. Finally, he is on big money with Stoke. And with United looking at their own costs, it’s unlikely we will shell out big wages for Clucas.
However, if he is on a free and does take a drop in wages, then he’d be a solid, if unspectacular, addition to the squad.