Sheffield United are reportedly keen on signing Brighton defender, Matt Clarke, as Slavisa Jokanovic looks at potential new recruits this summer.
Alan Nixon has made the claim this week, suggesting the Blades will challenge Derby to sign the former Portsmouth man.
Clarke made the move to Brighton back in 2019 but he has since struggle to break into the Seagulls’ side. The likes of Adam Webster, Dan Burn, and Lewis Dunk have all helped keep him out. Ben White’s emergence, too, has also hindered Clarke.
The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with Derby County. Clarke made 42 appearances for Wayne Rooney’s men, helping the Rams to narrowly avoid dropping into League One.
But his individual performances have caught the eye and United could look to make their move for Clarke this summer. The loss of Phil Jagielka, coupled with Kean Bryan not signing a new deal, has opened the door for a new defender.
Jack O’Connell also remains out injured. Slavisa Jokanovic recently admitting the big defender isn’t in his pre-season plans.
While Clarke might not be a glamour signing as such, Blades fans can be relatively happy with the links to the defender.
At 24, he’s of the ideal age to fit in with this current United squad. He’s capable of playing across the backline if needed, and will be looking to prove his point.
His time with Brighton has been unlucky more than anything. Indeed, when he was signed, Graham Potter was delighted with Clarke when he did sign.
“He’s an imposing central defender and had a very impressive spell with Portsmouth, and has been a key player for them,” Potter said at the time.
“His challenge now is to compete with our existing centre-halves – an area where we have a lot of competition.”
Clarke has two years left on his deal with the Seagulls. With limited first-team chances, the defender could well be open to a move north.
The Blades are also said to be keen on signing Tom Cairney from Fulham.