Sheffield United are close to completing a deal to sign Portsmouth’s Enda Stevens according to a report from the Sheffield Star.

The Blades have already made one signing following their promotion from Sky Bet League One, the controversial move to bring in former striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield, but are continuing to strengthen their squad to make sure they are competitive in the Sky Bet Championship. Now they are looking at improving their defence and look like they will be bringing in a player to help that part of the team in the coming days.

They have been in talks with Stevens, a Portsmouth defender who had been one of their most impressive players this season. He was key as Pompey finally stopped the rot and got promoted from Sky Bet League Two and was named in the PFA League 2 Team of the Year on the way. However instead of going with the rest of Portsmouth squad into League One, he has had his heart set on a move to Bramall Lane and has been trying to force a move to the Blades.

The move had been held up because Portsmouth head coach Paul Cook had been trying to do his best to persuade Stevens to stay at Fratton Park, but with the former Republic of Ireland U21 international being out of contract, he will have to look on helpless while he completes his move to Sheffield United which should happen in the next few days barring unforeseen circumstances. He will then become key in United’s attempts to be competitive in the Championship on their return following a six year exile.

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