Blades to pay Derby £15m for Lowe and Bogle; Burke to join from West Brom in a swap deal which would see Callum Robinson going the other way
Wednesday 9 September 2020 07:46, UK
Sheffield United are close to completing the triple signing of Derby duo Max Lowe and Jayden Bogle and West Brom forward Oliver Burke.
A £15m fee has been agreed in principle for full-backs Lowe and Bogle, two of the brightest prospects to come out of Derby's academy. Lowe passed his medical in Sheffield on Sunday and is poised to sign a four-year contract.
Derby boss Phillip Cocu left Bogle and Lowe out of his squad for Saturday's Carabao Cup fixture against Barrow at Pride Park. The Rams won on penalties after the game finished goalless.
West Brom's Burke, who was signed for £13m as a 19-year-old by Bundesliga side RB Leipzig back in 2016, is also nearing a move to Brammall Lane.
Negotiations with West Brom have been ongoing for more than a week, but it now looks like a swap deal - with Callum Robinson heading to The Hawthorns, and Burke heading to join Chris Wilder - is close to being completed.
The talks have focused on the relative value of each player, and whether either side ought to be offering a cash sum, to level up the deal.
Scotland international Burke spent last season on loan with Spanish side Alaves, who play in La Liga. In 31 appearances, he registered one goal and two assists.
Chris Wilder says Sheffield United are in the process of signing "a couple of international players" and hopes to confirm their arrivals early next week.
Wilder has already signed goalkeepers Aaron Ramsdale and Wes Foderingham, from Bournemouth and Rangers respectively, this summer as he looks to help the Blades build on their impressive Premier League return last season.
But he is not stopping there, telling Sky Sports News on Friday: "There's a little sparkle in my eye because we're moving. We're in the process of signing a couple of international players, so that's good news.
"The squad needs competition. I've said to the players that they need challenges. The squad needs to be as strong as it possibly can be.
"I'm happy with the position we're in and I look forward to speaking, hopefully on Monday or Tuesday, with some good news."
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