Sheffield United are close to adding another new signing to the ranks this summer, this time in the form of Newcastle defender, Ciaran Clark.
Clark has dipped down the pecking order a tad under Eddie Howe, with the PIF revolution at Newcastle in full swing and numerous new faces having arrived in his position. And according to respected journalist Mike McGrath of The Telegraph, Clark is close to agreeing a season-long loan deal with Sheffield United.
Taking to his Twitter account a short while ago, McGrath has confirmed that Clark is in line to become United’s fourth new signing in the space of ten days.
Lauded as being a ‘great pro‘ by former Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce, 32-year-old Clark is out of contract next summer after spending the last five seasons with the Magpies. The Irish international has more than 200 Premier League appearances to his name and 32 caps for his country.
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Should he seal a move to Bramall Lane, Paul Heckingbottom will have tackled a key area of the field for next season by landing both Clark and Anel Ahmedhodzic. The Blades boss also wants more new faces in the attacking third, having missed out on Tom Lawrence to Rangers.
Our View: Clark A Perfect Addition For Sheffield United
That left-sided centre-back role needed filling after Ben Davies went back to Liverpool and Ciaran Clark is as ideal as they come for Heckingbottom.
Experience at both PL and international level, he ticks a lot of boxes and will no doubt be keen to fight for a contract too given he’s a freebie next summer. That can only help the Blades this season.
United are acting smartly in the market this summer you feel. Next up, another replacement for Gibbs-White and the fight to keep Sander Berge.