Sheffield United could use their strong links with Manchester United to sign some loanees this summer.

The Sheffield Star reports that the Red Devils and Chelsea are two of the Blades’ most “trusted partners in the loan market.”

Nick Cox, who is in charge of Man United’s youth programme, used to work at Bramall Lane. Cox played a part in Joe Riley joining on a short-term deal during Chris Wilder’s first season as manager in 2016/17.

Similarly he helped pave the way for Dean Henderson to arrive on loan in 2018/19. Now Wilder can look at other options at Old Trafford as his team prepare for their first campaign in the Premier League in 12 years.

Here are three realistic potential loanees.

Dean Henderson

The report goes on to state that talks are underway about re-signing Henderson for the upcoming season. The goalkeeper has made it clear he would like to join the Blades again.

Meanwhile, Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Henderson’s return to South Yorkshire might be the “best thing”.

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Axel Tuanzebe

Tuanzebe is currently preparing for the Championship playoff final, where he is likely to play for Aston Villa against Derby County.

This is the defender’s second successive year on loan at Villa Park and the 21-year-old has developed into an important player for the Birmingham side.

In fact, the Mirror claims that Villa will try and sign Tuanzebe on a permanent basis if they’re promoted. If not, then perhaps the Blades should swoop in.

James Garner

A defensively-minded midfielder whose maturity on the pitch is far beyond his 18 years. Garner also shows the physicality to suggest he could cope with top flight football.

The teenager was handed his senior debut by Solskjaer during the 3-1 league victory over Crystal Palace in February and is clearly highly rated at the club.

Garner has been likened to Michael Carrick and his Under-18s coach Nicky Butt.

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