Sheffield United could be set to smash their transfer record with the big-money signing of Norwegian midfielder, Sander Berge.
The Blades have been increasingly linked with a move for the Genk midfield star in recent days. Reports have claimed that United, along with West Ham, are keen on landing the youngster. Indeed, the Daily Mail said the Blades had failed with an initial bid to land Berge.
However, according to Mirror journalist, Graeme Bailey, the deal could now be back on.
Bailey claims that Berge has now had a change of heart and is keen on a move to Bramall Lane. However, any move would also require United to smash their club-record transfer fee. That, as it stands, is around the £20m mark after the club signed Oli McBurnie in the summer.
Genk are apparently keen on concluding a deal with United for Berge. However, according to Belgian journalist, Kristof Terruer, Genk are looking to keep Berge on loan until the end of the season.
With United looking for immediate reinforcements, that could well prove a sticking point in any deal.
Where would Sander Berge slot in for Sheffield United?
Sander Berge is widely regarded as one of the top young talents in European football. He’s emphasised those claims this season, too, with a string of fine displays in the Champions League for the Belgian champions.
It really would represent quite the coup for Chris Wilder. Many Blades fans didn’t expect the club to go spending big sums this January.
Wilder has, though, said the backing of his board has been good. Therefore, if the fee and time is right now to swoop for Berge, Wilder might well see it as a signing worth making.
With Premier League survival all but assured, continuing to strengthen is key for the Blades. An addition such as Berge, then, represents the club expanding into new markets and putting a marker down.
Berge is well-known for being able to play across the whole of central midfield. He has four goals to his name this season, too, showing his ability to contribute in the opposition’s penalty area.