Sheffield United are set to make an improved offer for QPR attacker Luke Freeman, reports London Football News.
West London Sport reported that the Blades’ initial bid of £4m for Freeman was rejected. Apparently the 27-year-old will cost “significantly more” as new R’s manager Mark Warburton wants him to stay.
Leeds United are also tracking Freeman, who was his club’s player of the year last season after a fine campaign. The former Arsenal trainee scored nine goals and provided eight assists in all competitions.
However, the Blades have the advantage because they can offer Premier League football following promotion. Freeman almost left Loftus Road for Middlesbrough last summer as they were likely to go up.
“It was difficult. I’d be lying if I said my head wasn’t turned, because to some extent it was,” the forward told West London Sport.
“When you’re a player and there’s the possibility of joining a club that might well be in the Premier League next season, of course that’s something you think about.
“Every player wants to play in the Premier League and I’m not going to lie and say it wasn’t on my mind when that (interest in him) was happening.”
Where would Luke Freeman fit in?
Freeman generally operated on the left flank during the 2018/19 campaign, but is equally as adept as an attacking midfielder.
That is likely to be where the Blades view the former Bristol City man playing as they do not operate with wingers.
They are, however, lacking options in the number ten role. Currently Mark Duffy is the only natural fit following Kieran Dowell’s loan expiring and the youngster returning to Everton.
Freeman has proven to have creativity and goals throughout his career. Rising through the ranks, he has been a consistent performer in League One and the Championship
Now the Blades might give him the chance to test himself at the top.