Sheffield United linked with Leroy Fer as Chris Wilder confirms he wants a midfielder
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Sheffield United linked with Leroy Fer as Chris Wilder confirms he wants a midfielder

Sheffield United have been linked with a late move for Leroy Fer by the Sun.

Fer was expected to return to the Netherlands and rejoin boyhood club Feyenoord after leaving Swansea City this summer.

The 29-year-old is already in talks with the Dutch club and was at the Feyenoord Stadium at the weekend to negotiate the transfer.

Yet apparently the Blades have made an approach for Fer. Manager Chris Wilder wants to fly the midfielder in to discuss it further.

Fer is interested in the potential switch to Bramall Lane and could be tempted to remain in English football. The Netherlands international has played in the Premier League or Championship since first joining Norwich City in 2013.


Signing Fer may not be the best omen, however, as he has been relegated from England’s top flight with three different sides. As well as Norwich and Swansea, he also went down with QPR in 2014/15.

Why Sheffield United might want Leroy Fer

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BBC Radio Sheffield Sports Editor, Andy Giddings, says that Wilder confirmed he is in the market for another midfielder. The 51-year-old would not say whether he was interested in Fer or not.

United do need support in the middle after Paul Coutts’ departure to Fleetwood Town. Currently, Wilder’s only natural options in the position are John Fleck, Oliver Norwood and John Lundstram.

New signings Luke Freeman and Ravel Morrison can operate a little deeper, although are more comfortable in the number ten role.

However, Wilder has also confirmed that there is interest in Ben Osborn. They expect to sign the versatile Nottingham Forest player in the next 48 hours.

One of the reasons Osborn appeals is because of his ability to play in central midfield.

“Yes, we’ve been in discussions with Nottingham Forest regarding Ben, so I think that’s open and out there,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“We’re hoping to conclude that.

“Ben’s coming to put a lot of pressure on the likes of John Fleck and can play in a midfield two, a midfield three and can play wing-back.”

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