Report: Sheffield Utd midfielder could be first out in January with trio of clubs keen
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Report: Sheffield United midfielder set for January exit as Heckingbottom looks to trim squad

Sheffield United will head into the January transfer window knowing it’s going to more about who leaves, rather than who arrives to help this ever-improving Blades side.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom has made no secret of his desire to see a couple of new faces arrive. However, he also spoke of players moving on when he took over. A number of fringe players, then, are expected to be shifted out.

One of those could be midfielder, Regan Slater. According to The Hull Daily Mail, a trio of clubs want the 22-year-old.

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The report from the HDM claims that Hull, Preston North End, and Rotherham United are all keen. Slater, who is out of contract in the summer, stayed put despite helping Hull to promotion last term. However, things haven’t worked out yet again at Bramall Lane and a move away seems the most likely option.

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Slater Open To Hull Move

It’s no secret that Regan Slater enjoyed his time with Hull City last year. He helped the Tigers to promotion and in the summer, he spoke openly about the prospect of returning to the KCOM.

“It’s very nice to know when people are singing your praises. If it doesn’t work at Sheffield United then I’d love to see the fans in the KCOM,” Slater told Hull Live in the summer. And with little in the way of first-team chances at Bramall Lane, you’d suspect Slater will still be open to the switch.

The combative midfielder has come through the Blades academy. But despite going on pre-season with Chris Wilder and Slavisa Jokanovic, he has made just the three Sheffield United appearances.

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And that isn’t a criticism of the player, it’s more that we don’t want to see his career stall any longer. At 22, he could do with playing regularly and he enjoyed his time with Hull. Of course, Preston are a good Championship club, while Rotherham are flying high under Paul Warne.

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For Slater, it will be case of where suits him best right now. He’s certainly shown he’s good enough for League One and in all likelihood, he’ll do a job in the Championship too.

Hopefully, he gets his move in January. There is little point in him waiting around at Shirecliffe. With a bit of luck, United might also get a small fee – or at least a sell-on clause – for their man.

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