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Ross County preparing swoop for Sheffield United stopper

The Press and Journal have reported that Ross County are preparing to make a move for Sheffield United goalkeeper Jake Eastwood.

Eastwood spent last season on loan with Rochdale but only made three appearances and conceded nine times while keeping one clean sheet.

The 25-year-old would be vying for the number one spot with the experienced Ross Laidlaw as he hopes to find a solid home after a series of loan spells away from the Blades.

Staggies manager Malky Mackay is looking for a new keeper, and it seems Eastwood has been identified as a target.

The Blades stopper has had a previous time in Scotland after an unsuccessful loan move to Kilmarnock, where opportunities were limited due to injury.

Eastwood is rumoured to have been involved with the Dingwall-based club for their pre-season preparations in Italy.

A fresh start for Eastwood?

After signing a professional contract with the Blades in 2016, the keeper has only been called upon three times by the Yorkshire club and conceded seven in those outings.

There seems little chance of a pathway to cementing his place in the boss Paul Heckingbottom’s plans, with the club happy to send him on nine different loans after signing on full-time.

A transfer to the Highlands could be the perfect chance to revitalise a career which is yet to get truly started due to other stoppers preferred between the sticks at Bramall Lane.

Under Mackay’s guidance, Eastwood may be able to prove his worth as a capable number one if given the trust that has not been afforded at previous teams in the EFL.

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