Sheffield United are yet to sign anyone this summer and one player the club won’t be landing is Manchester City goalkeeper, Gavin Bazanu.
Back in May, it was reported how Bazanu was wanted by Sheffield United, regardless of if the club managed to win promotion or not. Of course, a playoff semi-final defeat at Nottingham Forest meant another season in the Championship for the Blades. With that, will come a re-assessment of transfer plans.
And while Stephen Bettis has confirmed the club will spend money, United are set to miss out on Bazanu, who is set to join Southampton for more than £10m, according to The Athletic. Bazanu is expected to agree terms with the Saints and replace the departed Fraser Forster, who has signed for Tottenham.
Bazanu, 20, who was praised as being ‘unbelievable‘ during his spell with Portsmouth, will depart Manchester City after failing to get near dislodging the brilliant Ederson in goal.
At £10m+, Southampton will see this is a bargain buy, given the Republic of Ireland man’s potential ability. Of course, there’s just no way United are getting near those sorts of figures for some time.
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While it’s great to see the Blades looking at players like this who command such fees, it’s also a huge dose of reality in terms of who we can actually bring into the club.
We aren’t going to compete with those sorts of transfer fees, while as soon as PL team becomes involve for the player, wages will always be an issue as well.
Thankfully, it’s not desperate that United does sign a goalkeeper. Wes Foderingham did brilliantly last season and Adam Davies should be an able back-up at this level. Ultimately, Heckingbottom might be better focussing his spending on other areas of the squad anyway.