Sheffield United have lost out in the race to sign Nottingham Forest full-back, Matty Cash, with Aston Villa set to win the race for the Reds star.

According to The Telegraph, Villa have trumped both the Blades and Fulham in the hunt for Cash, with a £12m bid apparently enough to convince Forest to do business.

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The news will be a blow to Chris Wilder, who had only spoken yesterday of his expectations for new signings, confirming he expected as many as four new arrivals in the coming weeks.

But it appears that flying right-back Cash won’t be one of those four signings. Villa are said to have come up with the money that Forest was demanding and, ultimately, will be able to offer more in terms of wages than United.

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Cash was one of the standout performers for Sabri Lamouchi’s men last season and drew plenty of praise for his attacking prowess from full-back. But that form has led to plenty of interest and it looks like the Reds star is now on his way to Villa Park, pending medical and personal terms being agreed.

Disappointing…but we move on – Our View

While it’s disappointing on the surface to lose out in the race for Cash, if you think a bit deeper about it then it’s not the end of the world.

If we were to pay £12m for someone, then we’d expect them to be pushing for the first XI. With Cash, it’s hard to see who he’d have dislodged from the team. George Baldock has wing-back locked down while Sander Berge has a place on the right of midfield for now.

So, while Cash might have made a useful squad addition and is undoubtedly a talent individual, it’s not something we as Blades fans should be losing much sleep over.

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