Sheffield United might be keeping a closer eye than most on the Championship playoff semi-final second leg between Brentford and Swansea City.
Swansea have a 1-0 advantage going into tonight’s match at Griffin Park – with the winner facing either Cardiff City or Fulham in the final for a place in the Premier League.
Yet the result of this evening’s game could have a significant impact on the Blades’ transfer plans this summer.
Manager Chris Wilder has made no secret of the fact he wants to improve his squad in the current window and attack is a particular priority.
Which is perhaps why the club have been linked with Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
Brewster is currently on loan at the Swans after joining them in January. The 20-year-old has since scored 10 goals in 20 matches; including six since the restart to fire the Welsh side into the playoffs.
If they are promoted, the Sun reports Swansea will look to re-sign Brewster. If not, then Wilder is prepared to offer the youngster a chance in the top flight.
The only issue then is if Jurgen Klopp decides Brewster is ready to feature in the Reds first team – which remains a possibility.
The other possible Sheffield United target from Brentford v Swansea
Therefore, United will presumably want to see the Swans lose to boost their chances of signing Brewster? Well, perhaps not.
That is because there is also someone in the Bees team potentially interesting the South Yorkshire side.
That man is Ollie Watkins, whom was linked with a move to Bramall Lane in December by West London Sport. Watkins has scored 25 goals this season, with only Aleksandar Mitrovic having netted more in England’s second tier.
It’s thought the 24-year-old could cost upwards of £20m and the Evening Standard says Crystal Palace are also keen on the forward.
They also state that the future of Watkins could be determined by whether Brentford are promoted. So, whatever the result tonight, it could boost the Blades’ transfer plans one way or another.