League One leaders Sheffield United are closing in on the signing of MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers according to Sky Sports. His contract at Stadium MK expires at the end of this season and Blades boss Chris Wilder looks set to add the player to his roster in the coming days.
Following their 0-0 draw away to Chesterfield on Monday afternoon, Dons manager Robbie Neilson confirmed that Carruthers was not involved in their matchday squad because he was indeed in discussions with an unnamed club over a potential transfer.
RN confirms that Samir Carruthers is not involved in #CHFvMKD as the Club are in discussions with an unnamed club over a potential transfer.
— MK Dons FC (@MKDonsFC) January 2, 2017
Carruthers, who has caps for the Republic of Ireland Under-19 and Under-21 squads, originally made the move to MK Dons in 2013 on a loan deal from Aston Villa. A successful temporary stint was eventually turned permanent by then-manager Karl Robinson, who now manages League One rivals Charlton Athletic. He has played over 100 times for the club, scoring six goals, his most recent coming in the away defeat to Northampton Town in September.
This season so far, the Islington-born midfield has made played 28 times, including in the away defeat at his soon-to-be new club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in October, with the Blades coming out 2-1 victors. They have since overtaken Scunthorpe United at the summit of the league table following an exceptional run of form.