Sheffield United have missed out on the signing of Leeds United winger Helder Costa, with the player set to sign for Spanish side Valencia.
The Blades have been busy in the market at over the final few days of the transfer window. Ben Davies arrived a few weeks back, while Conor Hourihane and then Morgan Gibbs-White have also arrived.
That’s three loans for the Blades, who could bring in another two in line with EFL rules. However, one man they won’t be signing is Leeds winger, Helder Costa.
Respected journalist Phil Hay has taken to Twitter to say that Sheffield United have indeed looked into a deal for Costa. But the former Wolves man is now off to Valencia in Spain.
The Blades have been desperate to add some attacking impetus to the team following a miserable start to the Championship season.
Slavisa Jokanovic demanded last week that the board bring players in to stick to the plan he agreed. And in fairness, while Costa appears a no-go, the board have brought players in.
Alex Collado is another who could sign. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen is also said to be close to agreeing a deal with the Blades.
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This probably came down to a fee for the loan and Premier League wages, while Valencia’s interest won’t have helped.
Costa would have been good for United. Especially if Slavisa wanted to go with a more familiar 4-3-3 he used at Fulham and Watford.
The window hasn’t been too bad, though, especially if the players mentioned do all arrive. Davies, Gibbs-White, and Hourihane are all solid players from Premier League clubs.
Should Collado and Olsen also arrive in the coming hours, then Jokanovic will have got what he wanted in the end.