Sheffield United are continuing their flurry in the transfer market and are close to signing Greek defender, Panagiotis Retsos.
Retsos was linked with a move to the Blades last week. However, since then, it appears Chris Wilder and his negotiation team have ramped up efforts to get deals done before the end of January.
And now, according to respected journalist, Ronan Murphy, United have tied up a deal that will see Retsos arrive on a six-month loan deal from Bayer Leverkusen.
Retsos has struggled to fulfil his potential so far over in Germany. He moved to Leverkusen for a fee in the region of £15m but a number of niggling injuries and the form of others has kept him out.
However, he remains highly-rated and will be something of a coup for Chris Wilder’s men.
We covered Retsos potentially signing earlier in the week. Details of which can be seen, here.
A statement of intent
Regardless of if any players make the move away from Bramall Lane tomorrow, this window is a massive statement from the Blades.
A club-record signing (hopefully) of Berge being the icing on the cake, the signings of Retsos and Zivkovic will also be big additions.
United are venturing further afield it seems armed with Premier League money. Furthermore, it shows that Prince Abdullah is indeed willing to back his manager as the Blades remain in the hunt for Europe.
Retsos is a solid addition who can cover a number of positions at the back. That’s key for the Blades, given their depth of squad is not the greatest.
It’s all set to be an exciting day or two for the club. As Sheffield United fans, we aren’t quite used to seeing this sort of activity at Bramall Lane.
Once again, it underlines just how far Wilder has taken this club in less than four years.