Sheffield United have joined the race to sign exciting Coventry City youngster Tom Bayliss, according to the Sun.
Aston Villa are also interested in Bayliss, who has become hot property after establishing himself in the Coventry first team.
Despite only turning 20 in April, the England Under-19 international has already made 73 appearances for the Sky Blues.
Bayliss helped them to promotion from League Two in 2017/18, then made the step up to League One with ease. It is widely considered he has what it takes to succeed even higher.
With creativity and energy, the midfielder is a talent with high potential. Bayliss also has an impressive range of passing, is comfortable on the ball and excellent at retaining possession.
The Blades are lacking depth in the middle of the park currently and this could represent a shrewd piece of business.
How Tom Bayliss could be Sheffield United’s new David Brooks
There are some stark similarities between Bayliss and another Bramall Lane starlet of recent years – David Brooks.
Originally a product of the Manchester City youth system, Brooks was taken into the Blades academy. The Wales international initially broke into the first team during Chris Wilder’s first season as manager in 2016/17.
However, it was the following campaign when Brooks really flourished, playing 33 times in all competitions. Bournemouth were impressed and duly paid £11.5m (Daily Echo) for the midfielder.
After one year at Championship level some may have doubted Brooks’ ability to move up. Many would have certainly thought it would take time.
Yet Brooks immediately took to the Premier League, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in 30 appearances. This lead the Sun to report Manchester United were considering a £50m deal for the 22-year-old.
If the hype around Bayliss is to be believed, then he could be Wilder’s new Brooks.