Sheffield United are interested in Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to Turkish Football.
The Blades have links in Turkey through Fenerbahce board member Selahattin Baki. They have already shown interest in another ‘keeper in Altay Bayindir.
Meanwhile, Cakir has been impressing in recent months. Both Lille and Liverpool are also said to be keeping tabs on the 23-year-old.
Yet the Turkey international is valued at £17m and there are doubts over whether the Reds would pay so much for a backup to Alisson Becker.
Lille’s interest depends on whether Mike Maignan leaves the French club this summer.
Scouts from several teams were expected to be sent to watch Cakir in action for Trabzonspor this weekend as they drew 2-2 with Besiktas in the Super Lig.
Why Sheffield United want a new goalkeeper
The Blades are on the lookout for a new option between the posts in case Dean Henderson doesn’t return for next season.
Henderson is currently on loan at Bramall Lane from Manchester United for the second successive year.
Chris Wilder says talks have already begun over the 22-year-old returning for the 2020/21 campaign. Wilder says they won’t be signing Henderson permanently, though.
However, there has still been a report claiming that Man United would actually be open to a deal. They would want any transfer to include a buy-back clause.
Henderson is thought to be valued at £30m at least at Old Trafford having impressed over the past two years. He was key to Wilder’s side getting promoted from the Championship last term, finishing with the most clean sheets and joint best defensive record in the division.
Henderson has played all but one of the Blades’ Premier League matches in 2019/20, only missing their meeting with his parent club. Only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than the South Yorkshire team.