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Sheffield United reportedly among clubs interested in Ryan Gauld and why it makes sense

Sheffield United are among a number of clubs interested in Ryan Gauld.

That’s according to TEAMtalk, who report that Blackburn Rovers, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Swansea City are also keen.

Meanwhile, Inter Miami – the MLS franchise owned by David Beckham – are among the American sides keeping tabs as well.

Gauld has had a varied career since being touted as one of the brightest young prospects in European football.

When he first broke into the Dundee United first team as a 17-year-old the midfielder was dubbed “baby Messi”.

The Guardian reported at the time that Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid were all keeping a close eye on Gauld.

However, the former Scotland Under-21 international eventually left for Sporting Lisbon in 2014.

Yet Gauld struggled to make an impact at Sporting and spent several spells away on loan.

He left Lisbon permanently in 2019, but remained in Portugal – dropping into the second tier and joining Farense.

Gauld helped them to promotion in his first season and has impressed in the top flight this term.

Ryan Gauld could be just what Sheffield United need

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While it seems competition could be fierce, it’s easy to see why the Blades are linked with Gauld.

Midfield has become a problem area in 2020/21 and recruitment will be needed this summer.

The South Yorkshire side are preparing for life back in the Championship after relegation.

John Fleck and Ollie Norwood – who made up the central midfield when the club was promoted in 2019 – are contracted for next season.

But John Lundstram is set to leave when his deal expires, while Sander Berge has been strongly linked with a transfer.

If the Blades stick with their 3-5-2 formation in 2021/22 as expected, or even revert back to having a number ten, Gauld would fit in.

The Scot can operate in central midfield or in a more attacking role behind the strikers.

However, with Premier League teams such as Brighton and Norwich interested, United may miss out.

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