If Sheffield United want to make this a summer of bargain buys and Premier League loans, then Barnsley might have just left the door open when it comes to Alex Mowatt.
Mowatt is out of contract anyway in just over a weeks time. The former Leeds man is yet to agree new terms with the Reds, despite a hugely successful season at Oakwell.
A few weeks ago, CEO Dane Murphy suggested he was confident the Reds would tie Mowatt down. However, Murphy has since left the club, with a switch to Nottingham Forest on the cards.
To add insult to injury for our South Yorkshire neighbours, their manager Valerien Ismael is now set to move to West Brom. BBC Sport claim talks are underway, with local media also backing that up today.
But while Barnsley look to pick up the pieces of a bitter double blow, the Blades should look to make it a triple by landing Mowatt for nothing.
Alex Mowatt plugs a gaping hole for Sheffield United
Everyone knows United need someone in midfield this summer. Whether that be to replace Lundstram, replace Berge, or to simply add creativity, it’s a position we must sign someone in.
In Mowatt, United could be getting themselves an absolute steal. Gone are the days where he wasn’t looking after himself as well as he could. Instead, Mowatt is back to looking like the player who broke through at Leeds.
Per Transfermarkt, 44 appearances returned 8 goals and 7 assists last season for Mowatt. Spectacular numbers, no, but numbers that show a creative player in there.
In comparison, United’s midfield was grim. John Fleck failed to bag, as did Lundstram, while Sander Berge only got one from the spot. It’s abundantly clear to any onlooking Blade that we need someone in the middle of the park.
Interestingly with Mowatt, he has dropped to more of a number eight, rather than a wide forward or number ten he was in his early days. But that could suit the Blades. That versatility could be vital, giving Jokanovic the chance to play a flat midfield three, or two sitters and one advanced.
In terms of freebies this summer, the Blades can do far worse than land Alex Mowatt. Goals, assists, a touch of arrogance, and the right age at just 26, the former Leeds man ticks a lot of boxes.