Fulham have been handed a boost in their bid to bring Kean Bryan to Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a report by Yorkshire Live, who relayed the comments of Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic regarding the centre-back’s future at Bramall Lane.
The 52-year-old revealed that the defender is yet to sign a new deal with the Blades, nor has he given any indication that he will be putting pen to paper on the club’s offer, with his previous deal in Sheffield having expired at the end of last month.
It has been reported that Fulham, along with a host of other clubs, are interested in a move for the 24-year-old in the summer transfer window, with the former England U20 international’s indecision over his future appearing to open to door on a potential switch.
Considering just how impressive Bryan was towards the back end of last season, the fact that the defender appears very much available to sign on a free transfer this summer is sure to have left Marco Silva buzzing.
Indeed, over his 13 Premier League appearances for Sheffield United last term, the £1.8m-rated man helped his side keep two clean sheets, as well as making an average of one interception, 1.5 tackles, 2.7 clearances and winning 4.3 duels per game.
The £3k-per-week centre-back also helped out in an attacking capacity, scoring one goal and creating one big chance for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.3 key passes per league fixture.
These returns saw the 24-year-old Chris Wilder dubbed a “talented” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.74, ranking him as the Blades’ 10th-best player in the top flight of English football last season.
As such, it would very much appear as if Bryan would make a fantastic addition to Silva’s options in the heart of the Fulham defence in the Cottagers’ upcoming Championship campaign, especially when taking into account the fact he wouldn’t cost Shahid Khan a penny in transfer fees.