According to The Sun (as cited by the Sheffield Star), newly promoted side Sheffield United are eyeing up a move for Middlesbrough man Paddy McNair, who joined the club last summer for £5 million from Sunderland.
Sheffield United are looking to strengthen their squad upon their return to the Premier League. A wide range of names have been linked with moves to Bramall Lane, including a number of Championship players.
The likes of Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie and Queens Park Rangers star Luke Freeman have all been heavily linked with a move to Sheffield United this summer, and a new Championship player is reportedly on the radar of the Blades in the form fo Middlesbrough’s Paddy McNair.
McNair only joined Middlesbrough last summer but featured sparsely over the course of the 2018/19 season, and it is said that he may struggle to find a place in the starting eleven with Jonathan Woodgate at the helm. The former Manchester United and Sunderland man played 23 times across all competitions last season, playing at centre-back, right-back, centre midfield and right midfield along the way (Transfermarkt).
The versatility of the 24-year-old is said to be one of McNair’s most appealing traits for Chris Wilder as he prepares for life in the Premier League. Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are also credited with interest in the Boro man, but the club won’t be willing to let him leave on the cheap this summer.
Having only joined last summer on a four-year deal, McNair still has three years left on his deal at the Riverside and Boro will be wanting to at least recoup what they paid to lure him away from the Stadium of Light last summer.