Sheffield United are still interested in signing CSKA Moscow striker Adolfo Gaich on loan.
That’s according to Russian media outlet Metaratings.ru. They add that Gaich could leave for the Premier League during the January transfer window.
This isn’t the first time the Blades have apparently shown interest in the Argentina international.
Gaich’s agent, Pablo Caro, claimed the South Yorkshire club were ready to pay “big money” for his client back in October last year.
It now seems that offer was to take the 21-year-old on loan, which CSKA turned down at the time.
United are still ready to sign Gaich on a temporary basis, but with the option of making his stay at Bramall Lane permanent in the summer.
The Russian Premier League side are more open to this, with the South American having failed to impress since arriving from San Lorenzo in August.
Gaich has scored just once in 18 appearances this season, netting in a Europa League group game with Wolsberger.
So, who is CSKA Moscow striker Adolfo Gaich?
CSKA signed Gaich last summer after impressing in his native Argentina.
The youngster scored seven goals in 27 matches for San Lorenzo, as well netting for his country’s Under-20 and Under-23 teams.
Before moving to Russia, Gaich’s agent told Calciomercato his client had a release clause of £11.5m, but “could be signed for less than that”.
At the time, TYC Sports reported Serie A duo Atalanta and Inter Milan were interested in the Argentine. Along with West Bromwich Albion and Belgian side Gent.
Instead, Gaich was signed by CSKA, but has apparently already grown frustrated with a lack of game time. Only four of his 18 appearances have been starts.
More recently, Caro also claimed Leeds United, Besiktas and Fenerbahce were interested in the forward.
He quoted £27m as a price, although it’s hard to believe any club would pay that for a player out of form.
Do the Blades need him?
In one regard, Chris Wilder’s men are the Premier League’s lowest scorers with just eight goals.
The bottom-placed team need to drastically improve their form and quickly.
Therefore, signing another attacker may not seem like such a bad idea. However, with six forwards already in his squad, Wilder would surely need to target a proven player in England’s top flight if he’s to sign another.
Gambling on yet another youngster with potential is a risk not worth taking.
But the Blades do have previous when it comes to signing strikers from relatively obscure places.
A year ago, Richairo Zivkovic arrived on loan from Changchun Yatai. The Dutchman failed to score in five matches.