Sheffield United target strikers as talks continue over move for Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster

SHEFFIELD UNITED manager Chris Wilder has confirmed he is focusing his energies on bringing in some additional attacking options to boost the club’s firepower in 2020-21.

Liverpool's Rhian Brewster, who was on loan at Swansea last season.

The club are in ongoing dialogue with Liverpool regarding the potential loan signing of young striker Rhian Brewster – and are hoping to be at the front of the queue if the Premier League champions elect to allow the 20-year-old to continue his education away from Anfield in the new season.

Remaning coy on talk of a move for Brewster, Wilder said: “That is an area (attack) we are looking at and where we would like to do something. As I am always going on about, what happens at both ends of the pitch is so important. That is where games are decided in the end.

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“We’ve got experience in there, with Billy (Sharp) and David McGoldrick. So Oli (McBurnie) and the others could probably do with a little more support. Especially as we are a club that likes to move the strikers around a bit, game by game at times.”

A swap deal involving Blades striker Callum Robinson – who could not establish himself at Bramall Lane last term – and West Brom winger Oliver Burke remains a possibility for Blades.

Midfielder Luke Freeman is due to complete a season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest, with the player reportedly travelling to Nottingham for a medical yesterday, with United having an ongoing interest in Forest’s Matty Cash.

Former Rotherham United and Middlesbrough midfielder Richie Smallwood has been named as the new captain of Hull City.

The Teessider, 29, joined the club following his release from Blackburn Rovers earlier this summer – signing a two-year deal.

Smallwood was an ever-present member of the Rovers side who were automatically promoted from League One after finishing runners-up in 2017-18.

He was also promoted from the third tier via the play-offs with the Millers in 2013-14 and is now eyeing a hat-trick in the amber and black of Hull.

Tigers head coach Grant McCann said: “Richie is a leader. His experience is hugely valuable and how he handles himself on and off the pitch.

“We brought him to the club because of what he has done already at this level, promotions with Blackburn and Rotherham.

“The lad is a warrior, he wants to win every single day in training, and he will guide the rest of this group.”

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