Sheffield United are being linked with a number of new players this summer and the latest name being given a mention is Benie Traore.
The 20-year-old currently plays his football over in Sweden with BK Hacken. He has impressed as well, scoring 15 goals in 19 games in all competitions this past season.
Currently an Ivory Coast international at under-23s level, Traore is said to be keen on exploring a move away from Hacken this summer.
And according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Sheffield United are among the teams keen.
Sheffield United keen on Benie Traore
According to Nixon, United want to bring Traore in as they look to add permanent additions to the squad. With Billy Sharp having been moved on and Oli McBurnie and Iliman Ndiaye into the last years of their deals, forwards are a priority.
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Traore, 20, has had a hugely impressive time of things in Sweden. Seen as one of the shining lights in the league, both Rangers and Celtic are both keen on him as well.
Indeed, it’s claimed Rangers have even had an offer of just below £3m rejected for the speedy forward.
It’s believed Hacken are looking for closer to £5m to even consider selling Traore. However, with PL money and wages to offer, the Blades could well tempt the Swedish side eventually.
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We’ll probably mention this about 50 times this summer, but the blueprint has been set for United with the signing of Anel Ahmedhodzic.
The Blades paid less than £4m for the Bosnian and he was more than worth it. On the pitch, he was outstanding, while off the field, United could probably command a fee closer to £20m now.
Traore certainly looks the part (well, on a few online highlights anyway). But in terms of the sort of low-risk high-reward signings United need, he seems to fit the bill.