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Report: Sheffield United target new wing-back this summer as list of options is drawn up

Sheffield United are targeting a new wing-back this summer and have drawn up a list of targets, according to Greek media outlet FOS.

Apparently the Blades are in the market for options on the right side of their defence. This is presumably as competition for George Baldock.

Baldock has been excellent this season, playing every minute of their 28 Premier League fixtures. The 27-year-old has also scored two goals and provided three assists.

Yet despite a previous report from the same Greek source claiming interest in Olympiakos right-back Omar Elabdellaoui, they now say United are looking elsewhere.

Elabdellaoui is out of contract at the end of June and therefore could be available as a free transfer. Leicester City and Watford are also believed to be keen on the Norway international.

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Blades manager Chris Wilder recently revealed that the club have already begun looking at recruitment options ahead of the summer.

This is despite the fact that top flight football is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League is reportedly working towards a return date of June 8.

The 92 remaining fixtures will then be completed in quick succession, behind closed doors, at neutral stadiums. However, in normal circumstances the transfer window would be open by then. It is currently unclear how the outbreak will affect it this year.

Whatever happens, Wilder is taking no chances and is already drawing up a list of targets. And a new right wing-back is supposedly among those.

While Baldock has been excellent so far in 2019/20, backup Kieron Freeman has been limited to cup appearances only. Freeman is also out of contract at the end of June and could well be released.

It therefore makes sense that Wilder would be looking to find new competition for Baldock.

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