Sheffield United appear to be losing out in the race to sign Nottingham Forest defender, Matty Cash, with reports claiming a move to Aston Villa is on the cards.
The Telegraph claimed a few days ago that Villa had met the asking-price for Cash, with a £12m bid apparently enough for Forest to buckle.
Cash had been targeted by Chris Wilder to challenge with and, potentially replace, George Baldock down the right-hand side of the pitch. However, with a deal edging closer for Cash and Villa, the Blades boss may now have to turn his attention elsewhere.
But just who else is out there for Wilder to sign? Well, we’ve taken a look and come up with THREE suggestions who could well fit the bill for the Blades.
Jayden Bogle – Derby County
Moving to Forest’s rivals, Jayden Bogle is an interesting proposition for the Blades to consider.
At just 20, the Rams starlet is already a first-team regular at Derby and made 37 appearances last season, scoring once and laying on a further five goals for his teammates.
Bogle is certainly a talent and is young enough to understand he may have to bide his time behind Baldock for a bit before being ready to take over the reins. On paper, he looks an ideal sort of signing.
Connor Roberts – Swansea City
Roberts is a player who has already been talked about in terms of a move to Bramall Lane, with the right-back linked to the club just this month.
It’s a sensible link too and one that makes sense. The 24-year-old fits in terms of his age and potential and, like Bogle, he scored once and set up another five last term.
Roberts, too, is already an established player in the game, having won 16 caps already for Wales. Oli McBurnie knows him well so this is definitely an avenue the Blades and Wilder may explore.
Adam Smith – Bournemouth
If Wilder wants to go for a more experienced option who won’t break the bank, then Adam Smith from Bournemouth might be a very steady choice indeed.
A regular for the Cherries in their Premier League run, Smith has quietly gone about his career with minimal fuss and was a firm favourite of former Bournemouth boss, Eddie Howe.
Smith played 24 times last season, building on runs of 31, 36, 27, and 24 Premier League showings in the seasons prior to that. Furthermore, he has the ability to cover on both flanks, something Wilder may find useful.