The Sheffield Star understands that Sheffield United have produced a bid for Charlton Athletic striker Ricky Holmes. The 29-year-old netted 13 goals for the Addicks last season in Sky Bet League One, and Chris Wilder wants him to join them in the next league higher.

Holmes, who has also played for Northampton Town, Portsmouth, Barnet and Chelmsford in his playing career, is now stranger to Wilder after the pair worked together whilst at Northampton. He was named the Charlton Player of the Year over this past season.

A deal to sign Enda Stevens from Portsmouth is said to be concluded in the coming days too, as Wilder is busy making preparations for the Blades’ return to Championship football. Talented winger Nathan Thomas has already made the move from Charlton Athletic for a six-figure fee too. It remains to be seen if Charlton will indeed accept the offer produced by Sheffield United for one of their most talented offensive options. Addicks boss Karl Robinson will be keen to add to his squad rather than lose his best players, but Sheff Utd can now offer higher level football at Bramall Lane. Jay O’Shea rejected the chance to permanently stay with the club so the forward areas are certainly a section of the squad which Wilder would love to add. Holmes would certainly add yet more depth to this area.

Holmes, who can also play as a winger, turns 30 later this year. The Rochford-born forward was always likely to receive some interest following a fine campaign in what was ultimately a struggling and underperforming Charlton team.

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