According to reports in the Daily Mail, Sheffield United are ready to make Gary Madine a permanent fixture at Bramall Lane in the Premier League.
The Cardiff City loanee has been brilliant since joining the Blades in January but should the Yorkshire club keep him beyond this season?
Madine is undoubtedly one of the best forwards available to clubs in the second tier.
His game is dynamic as he can be deployed as both a target man and a poacher, he has fantastic hold-up play but also possesses a decent scoring record when used as the main striking threat.
During his last season at Bolton, the striker netted 10 times in the league but the goals dried up when he moved to Cardiff.
A loan spell to United followed, and despite only netting three goals, the 28-year-old has been seen as a handy player up top.
If this move is a sign of things to come for Sheffield United in the next season, then their fans should be anxious.
Although Madine has enjoyed a good spell at the Lane so far, he isn’t good enough to make an impact in the top flight.
Perhaps this move suggests that the funds aren’t there or that the Yorkshire club are making an early insurance signing for potential life back in the Championship.
With the abundance of wealth that comes with promotion to the Premier League, Chris Wilder could surely look at more lucrative players to play their target man role.
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One positive for Blades supporters is that this move may open the door for Dean Henderson to return after his initial loan spell. Wilder clearly isn’t adverse to keeping on the loanees that helped him win promotion this season.
The Man United goalie has kept 20 clean sheets in the league, and therefore the Blades would be foolish to not go in for him ahead of their top flight return.