Sheffield United will be hoping Ricky Holmes leaves the club before tonight’s 5pm deadline.

While Premier League and Championship clubs can no longer make new signings, sides from Leagues One and Two still have a few hours to complete their business.

Holmes is one of the players transfer-listed by the Blades this summer following their promotion to the top flight – as reported by the Daily Mail.

Four of those deemed surplus to requirements by the South Yorkshire team have already left Bramall Lane. There are rumours Leon Clarke and Jake Wright are also on their way.

There has been little speculation about Holmes, but here are three potential destinations in League Two.

Where next for Ricky Holmes?

Northampton Town

It was with the Cobblers that Holmes and Chris Wilder first established their relationship, winning the League Two title together in 2015/16.

Wilder spent a long time trying to reunite with the winger at United, eventually landing his man in January 2018. By then, though, the Blades were a Championship side and Holmes wasn’t quite good enough.

Yet many Northampton fans on Twitter are keen to see the 32-year-old back at Sixfields and manager Keith Curle admitted to the Northampton Chronicle and Echo he is still in the market for new players.

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Swindon Town

The Robins could well be seeking a new wide player having failed in their attempts to bring back Kyle Bennett. Boss Richie Wellens told the Gazette and Herald they wanted to re-sign Bennett following his successful loan spell last season. Yet unfortunately for Swindon, the 28-year-old has been a regular for Bristol Rovers this term in the league above.

Holmes would represent a viable alternative.


Finally, it has already been a busy summer for Darrell Clarke and his Saddlers team, but he is still after one more winger.

“I’m still looking for another wide player,” Clarke told the Express and Star.

“We have got an offer in for a loan for a high level wide player. And I have got two or three behind that if that falls through.”

It’s hard to argue that Holmes doesn’t fit the bill.

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