Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has confirmed that he holds an interest in Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun, as he continues to try and address the club’s striker needs.
The Blades manager is desperate to add to his options at the top of the pitch and has reportedly made enquiries for a number of players, including Rhian Brewster at Liverpool and now, Balogun.
The Daily Mail claimed yesterday that the Blades had seen a £3m bid for Balogun knocked back by the Gunners, who are said to asking for closer to £15m for their teenager sensation. This, despite him being out of contract in 12 months’ time.
And Wilder, speaking ahead of the League Cup tie with Burnley tomorrow, confirmed an enquiry has been made.
“Yes, we’ve made an enquiry for the young man at Arsenal. I’ve said I’m trying to address areas that need strengthening and that includes at the top of pitch. But that offer is now with the CEO of our football club and with Arsenal,” Wilder confirmed. (Rob Staton, Youtube)
Wilder’s comments come as reports appear to be intesifying when it comes to signing Rhian Brewster from Liverpool. The Blades have, apparently, agreed a fee to sign the Reds youngster.
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Every Blades fan with half an interest in football can see we need something else in the attacking positions.
And that’s no disrespect to the forwards we have, it’s just as a progressive club we need to be looking to continually improve and add to the squad. Furthermore, David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp are into their 30s now, while Lys Mousset is injured and Oliver Burke is still short of fitness.
The names of Balogun and Brewster are bound to excite fans. Both are young, hungry players with a point to prove at Premier League level. If Wilder can sign one, of both, then it would be superb business for the Blades.