Sheffield United will reportedly battle it out with West Brom to sign Peterborough United forward, Siriki Dembele.

According to an exclusive report from the Birmingham Mail, the Blades are in the hunt for Dembele, who contributed to 15 goals last season through goals and assists.

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The 23-year-old Ivorian has impressed manager Darren Ferguson with the League One outfit, with Ferguson praising the impact of Dembele since moving to a more central striking position.

“The boy has been absolutely outstanding since realising he can play as a central striker. He destroyed Ipswich last weekend with a goal and two assists,” Ferguson said earlier this year. (Peterborough Telegraph)

Chris Wilder is in the hunt for new players this summer, especially in attacking areas. And with an impacted budget thanks to the global economic downturn, he may well delve into League One for a cheaper option.

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It wouldn’t be unusual for Wilder to dip back into the lower leagues and take a punt on a player from that level.

Yes, we do need some proven quality but there’s also a benefit at times to going for these type of players. Furthermore, Peterborough doesn’t half have a habit of producing talent.

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Dwight Gayle is a prime example of someone excelling after leaving The Posh. Could Dembele follow that sort of career path for United?

If he can be bought for cheap enough, then this might well prove a shrewd move by the Blades.

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