Southampton could be about to step in and offer a trial to Chelsea youngster Silko Thomas, in a blow to Sheffield United.
The Blades have been looking at Thomas in recent weeks and the youngster even featured for the under-21s.
Paul Heckingbottom has admitted he could look to sign Thomas, if he pases the thorough inspection of youth boss Del Geary. However, according to The Sun, United might not even get the chance to offer terms.
The Sun claims Southampton are keen on taking a look at Thomas themselves. With that, the Saints are looking to bring Thomas in on trial like United have.
Southampton will hope their rich history of producing young players will convince Thomas that they’re the club for him long-term. Over the years, the Saints have developed top players such as Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Sadio Mane to name but a few.
Thomas, 18, could well be open to moving on from Chelsea given the recent spending spree from Todd Boehly.
Despite Graham Potter giving young players such as Lewis Hall a chance, Thomas’ path to the first-team seems tough.
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Thomas is clearly being touted about by his agents at this point. It’s good that United have managed to get in their first and have a good look. But at the end of the day, the Blades will always find it hard to beat Premier League clubs to signings.
For Thomas, he might well see United as a good stepping stone. We are known for giving young players a platform and with Heckingbottom in charge, he might see a route to the first-team.
However, if he impresses at Southampton, then money will come into as well. The one saving grace is United look like being promoted. For now, the Saints look like coming down. That could well play into Thomas’ thinking as well.