Sheffield United have shown an interest in bringing a third Manchester City youngster to the club this summer.
With the Blades still exploring how they can bring Tommy Doyle and James McAtee back to the club, reports this morning are suggesting goalkeeper James Trafford is also on United’s radar.
According to Alan Nixon, both United and Burnley have expressed an interest in Trafford, who is expected to be loaned out again this summer.
Sheffield United keen on James Trafford
According to Nixon, Pep Guardiola is looking to loan out Trafford once again. It comes after a successful spell with Bolton Wanderers, where Trafford won high praise.
“James made some wonderful saves to day. He is the best goalie in the league for a reason, that is what he does,” his manager Ian Evatt said after the playoff clash with Barnsley last week.
One sticking point for United could be City’s insistence that Trafford play regular games wherever he goes. Currently, Wes Foderingham has the number one shirt and is likely to be given his chance by Paul Heckingbottom.
The Blades will have a limited budget this summer despite promotion. Talks of fresh investment are rife, with American businessmen said to be the latest to show interest in putting money into the club.
Waste of a loan for a number two
If Sheffield United are going to bring in a goalkeeper, then it simply has to be someone who we know is going to come in to dislodge Wes.
That’s not being disrespectful to Foderingham. He deserves his chance and will probably get it. But if we plan on having a new goalkeeper around the place on loan, then it has to be someone who is going to play and make a difference.
With City, it would feel like we are wasting our loan from them. With Doyle and McAtee both available, it’s likely Hecky will look to use the loan to get one or the other.
Trafford is clearly a good young goalkeeper. But the Blades might just look elsewhere here, given the circumstances.