sheffield united, Sheffield United goalkeeper moves one step closer to PL switch

Sheffield United goalkeeper moves one step closer to PL switch

Sheffield United man Wes Foderingham is expected to join West Ham on a free transfer, as per The Athletic.

Sheffield United are gearing up for life back in the Championship this season.

The Blades suffered relegation last season having failed to adapt at all to the Premier League. Chris Wilder is back at the helm for the coming season and whilst his history with the club is strong, his recent CV leaves question marks over whether Sheffield United will make an immediate return to the top flight.

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Foderingham, 33, played 30 games for Sheffield United in the Premier League last season. He made just one clean sheet and conceded 79 goals with the Blades’ defence often non existant.

However, West Ham’s number 2 goalkeeper, Nathan Trott is set to join Copenhagen and the Hammers are targeting Foderingham as his replacement with a free transfer expected next month.

The reports suggest talks have progressed and with the 33-year-olds contract at Bramall Lane up at the end of this month, a move is now expected.

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Who is this?

Handy experience

The experienced shot stopper has plenty of games under his belt having been a regular during his time at Sheffield United and at times throughout his Rangers spell.

He will be an older head in the West Ham dressing room and whilst he may not play too much, his voice and leadership will likely often be called upon.

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Sheffield United will need to search for a replacement and it remains to be seen who they will look to add to fill the gap that will be left in their squad.

Laying the foundations

Sheffield United could do with stabilising this season and before thinking about promotion just ensuring the foundations are there to be built on to allow for long-term stability over short-term success.

The Blades have a lot of work to do over the summer window and Wilder’s job is a mammoth one. However, if they get it right he has proven in the past he can take the club forward.

Before returning to Bramall Lane, Wilder had spells at both Middlesbrough and Watford. Neither one really worked out for him, but he is a safe pair of hands for the Championship and given his history with the club he is a trusted person to get them through this period of transition.

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