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Blades bring in De Laet

Speed delighted with loan capture

Last Updated: 25/09/10 11:45am

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De Laet: Bramall Lane loan

De Laet: Bramall Lane loan

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Sheffield United have signed Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet on loan.

As revealed by skysports.com on Friday Blades boss Gary Speed had lined up a loan switch for De Laet to help bolster their defensive options.

The Belgium international is highly-rated at Old Trafford and has made six first-team appearances since arriving from Stoke in January 2009.

De Laet will go straight into the Blades squad for Saturday's clash at Leeds and Speed believes he will prove a valuable addition.

"We need versatile cover in case of further disruption and Ritchie will go straight into our squad at Leeds on Saturday.

"I have seen him play loads of times, he's a good, solid player and I'm very pleased to get him here."

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