Sheffield United might be on their way to missing out on Fleetwood Town defender James Hill, but the Blades could now challenge Nottingham Forest and Rangers for Hearts star, John Souttar.
The Blades had been in the mix to land Hill from Fleetwood. However, he is set to join Bournemouth for around £1.6m, according to multiple reports.
But according to respected Sun journalist, Alan Nixon, Sheffield United have now entered the frame to sign Souttar from Hearts. The Scottish international has reportedly been offered a pre-contract by Nottingham Forest. But the Blades could now make their move and look to land him in January, prior to his Hearts deal expiring in June.
Souttar, 25, has played 90 minutes in all but two games for Hearts this season. He’s already won international honours too, representing Scotland four times already. Previously of Dundee United, Souttar has played more than 150 times for Hearts.
The Blades are thought to be seeking a new central defender in January. Paul Heckingbottom is wanting a couple of new faces and has highlighted defence as a key area for strengthening.
Our View: John Souttar A Solid Sheffield United Addition
There is no doubt this Sheffield United side needs a new defender. Ben Davies is struggling once again with fitness issues and crucially, isn’t our player. Beyond the usual three of Basham, Egan, and Davies, the Blades really only have Jack Robinson as experienced back up. Of course George Baldock can slot in if needed, as can Enda Stevens.
Souttar, then, would be a smart addition. He’s a dominating presence with plenty of experience behind him already, while at 25, he’s at a good age to develop into the next phase of his career.
We all know United won’t be spending big in January. So the fact he’s out of contract this summer could tempt Hearts into accepting a smaller fee this month. In an ideal world, that’s exactly the sort of deal Sheffield United need to be looking at.