Sheffield United are seeking to bolster their attacking ranks with the signing of Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, the Blades reportedly tabling a £17m bid in a deal that will also include a £40m buy-back clause.
The 20-year-old has been on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs following an impressive loan spell at Championship side Swansea City in the second-half of last season, the England U21 international scoring 10 goals in just 20 league appearances.
The striker – who first came to wider attention following his golden boot heroics in England’s U17 World Cup triumph in 2017 – was impressive during Liverpool’s, albeit brief, pre-season and did make a late appearance in the Reds Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, although the youngster’s penalty shootout miss ultimately proved costly.
However, his time at Anfield appears to be coming to an end, for now, with The Sun reporting that Chris Wilder is interested in bringing the player to Bramall Lane this summer and have tabled a bid of £17m for his services.
The report also suggests that the deal will also have some protection for the selling club, with a £40m buy-back option set to be included in the deal should Liverpool wish to re-sign Brewster in the future – a factor that the report claims has put off Crystal Palace from pursuing a move for the player.
Despite his undoubted talent, game time has been limited for the young starlet in Merseyside, partly due to injury, and with forward Diogo Jota recently joining the club, an exit would appear to make sense for the Englishman.
As for Sheffield, manager Wilder is keen to add to his forward options despite already having the likes of Billy Sharp, Oli McBurnie, David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset and summer signing Oliver Burke on the books, as the Blades hope to build upon an excellent first season in the Premier League.
That ninth-placed finish from last season does appear something of a distant memory, however, with Chris Wider’s men having lost their opening three fixtures of the new season, with a tough trip away at Arsenal up next on Sunday.