Sheffield United talks with QPR’s Luke Freeman have reached an “advanced stage”, according to the Sheffield Star.
It was The Sun who first broke the news of the Blades’ interest in Freeman. They claimed a £4m offer had been made for the attacker.
The move appeals because it falls within the club’s budget for both transfers and wages. Although feuding co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah are currently in a High Court case to determine who takes control, both have signed off on the deal.
West London Sport have since reported that the R’s have accepted the £4m bid. This relatively modest fee might disappoint some of the fans considering Freeman was their player of the year in 2018/19.
The 27-year-old is also under contract at Loftus Road until 2021. This is after Middlesbrough tried to sign him last summer, but he instead extended his stay with Rangers.
However, Freeman has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League and is now ready to leave to achieve that.
What Luke Freeman will bring to Sheffield United
Freeman will fill the attacking midfield role that the Sheffield Star reports manager Chris Wilder is targeting following the Blades’ promotion.
Although often used on the left wing by QPR, the former Arsenal trainee is equally as adept in the number ten role. In Wilder’s 3-4-1-2 formation, Freeman will occupy the position behind the two strikers.
It is something the forward achieved to great success last season, scoring nine goals and providing eight assists in all competitions.
Signing Freeman could also bring to an end the South Yorkshire club’s pursuit of Kieran Dowell. The Liverpool Echo claimed they were going to try and re-sign the Everton youngster.
Dowell spent the latter half of last term on loan at Bramall Lane. Yet with Freeman and Mark Duffy in his squad, Wilder would be unlikely to need the 21-year-old as well.