Sheffield United have signed Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic on a season-long loan as well as Dutch goalkeeper Michael Verrips on a free transfer.
The club confirmed on their official website that Chris Wilder had brought in the two players on the final day of the transfer window, bringing the club’s summer signings up to 10 new arrivals in total (per Transfermarkt).
As well as making 10 signings, the Blades broke their club transfer record on four separate occasions (per the Guardian), with the signing of Oli McBurnie from Swansea City currently standing as the club’s most expensive arrival at £20m (per BBC Sport).
The Blades boss admitted in a press conference (per Sheffield United’s official Twitter account) earlier in the day that he was looking to bring in a midfielder in the closing hours of the summer window, and Besic could turn out to be a solid addition for the Bramall Lane side.
The Bosnian international won many plaudits during his time at Middlesbrough last season, with Middlesbrough writer Jonathon Taylor from the Gazette saying to the Liverpool Echo: “Within a couple of weeks of Besic arriving, the Welshman (then manager Tony Pulis) admitted he needed to get the Bosnian into the line-up ‘as soon as possible’ – as a matter of urgency.
“When in possession, he keeps the ball moving quickly and seems competent going in both directions. But when out of possession, that’s when he shows that aggression and tenacity required.”
The signing of Verrips is also an astute addition for the Blades, as Wilder has managed to bring in a young goalkeeper with over 100 professional appearances across the Netherlands and Belgium (per Transfermarkt).
With a new backup and potential long-term option in goal signed in the form of Verrips and a midfielder with experience in both the Championship and Premier League in Besic (per Transfermarkt), Wilder has seemingly done well to recruit on the final day of the transfer window.
Sheffield United, just like fellow promotion side Aston Villa, have spent large this summer and done well to bring in a vast array of new faces, and with two more names added to the long list of arrivals, it shows Wilder was keen on doing as much work as possible in the market to have a squad ready to stay up in the Premier League.
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