Chris Wilder has responded to speculation linking Sheffield United with Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.

The Blades are being strongly linked with Brewster, with some reports claiming they are preparing a £15m bid. However, a loan deal is thought to be more likely as the 20-year-old is still highly regarded at Anfield.

Instead, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp would like to see Brewster continue his develop, having impressed at Swansea City last season with 10 goals in 20 appearances.

Apparently Klopp views Bramall Lane as the “perfect place” for the England Under-21 international to do that. The German admires Wilder’s team and the tactics the 52-year-old has implemented.

Klopp will also have seen the development of other young players at United; such as Dean Henderson. Henderson has just signed a new long-term contract at Manchester United and is being tipped as both theirs and England’s future number one. This is after impressing during two years on loan in South Yorkshire.

Will Brewster join Sheffield United?

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Wilder remained typically coy when asked by BBC Radio Sheffield about Brewster, answering:

“The top of the pitch is certainly something we’re looking to improve.

“We do need competition and different types of forwards as well. The loan market is something we’re looking into and we’ll be exploring that.

“We’re a club that’s looked at in a favourable view in terms of how we treat young players and how important other teams lending teams to us is for their development.”

His answer would seem to suggest that if Brewster does join the Blades, it will be on loan. The youngster would provide competition in an attack that does need improvement.

Despite the club’s impressive showing last term in their first Premier League campaign in 12 years, their goals record was underwhelming.

Although they finished ninth in the table, only three other teams in the division scored fewer – and two of those were relegated.

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