Chris Wilder is prepared to wait until next month for Sheffield United to sign Rhian Brewster – reports The Sheffield Star.
Talks have begun between the Blades and Liverpool about a deal for the striker. The proposal from South Yorkshire is a season-long loan, with the option to renew or review it.
While Wilder has been keen to secure new signings before the start of the new campaign, the United boss is willing to bide his time with this one.
Which is just as well considering their first game of 2020/21 is against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.
“In an ideal world, we’d have everyone in for Wolves,” said Wilder.
“But it might be the case that a couple come in late. And if that benefits the club long term, with just under a month to go, then so be it.”
How important is Brewster to Sheffield United?
Signing an “out and out number nine” is now Wilder’s only priority during this transfer window after a flurry of new additions this week.
Prior to Monday, the only new faces at Bramall Lane this summer were goalkeepers. Yet wing-back duo Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe arrived from Derby County that afternoon, while Ethan Ampadu was also secured on loan from Chelsea.
Oli Burke has since also joined the club from West Bromwich Albion, with Callum Robinson going the other way.
Wilder has now told the board of directors a new forward is the only position remaining on his wish list. And Brewster is considered to be the ideal option.
However, the 52-year-old knows that Jurgen Klopp is likely to wait until next month to decide on the future of the England Under-21 international. This window will remain open until Monday, October 5.
It’s a potentially risky tactic to wait for Brewster. If the deal doesn’t come off, Wilder and his recruitment team will be left with very little time to sign an alternative.
But clearly Brewster is considered to be worth the wait. Which should perhaps be unsurprising considered how highly rated the 20-year-old is at Anfield.