Sheffield United are interested in signing Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis in the summer transfer window, according to a report from Het Laatste Nieuws, via the Sheffield Star.
The Nigerian has been a regular for the Belgian outfit this season, playing 30 times in all competitions and scoring eight goals (Transfermarkt).
According to the Sheffield Star, the Blades were actually interested in signing the 22-year-old last summer following promotion to the Premier League. However, they claimed that the South Yorkshire outfit failed in their attempts to bring in the Nigeria international after not meeting Club Brugge’s €15 million (£12.6m) valuation.
Now that they are all but guaranteed to be a top-flight club for a second successive campaign, and with European football becoming more of a reality than a fantasy as they sit fifth in the table (BBC Sport), it seems that Chris Wilder could go back in for the former Zorya Luhansk ace.
It is likely that they would face competition for his signature, though, with the Sheffield Star suggesting that Borussia Dortmund are also interested in the player and see him as the ideal replacement for Jadon Sancho should he leave at the end of the season.
This is a player who this season scored two goals at the Santiago Bernabeu to help his team draw 2-2 with Real Madrid (Sky Sports) and who, as already mentioned, is being courted by the likes of Borussia Dortmund. If Sheffield United could pull this signing off, it would be further evidence of their impressive progress as a club in recent years.
Less than four years ago, the Blades sacked Nigel Adkins after he led them to a dismal 11th-place finish in League One (The Guardian). Their rise since then has been remarkable and, having already signed one highly-rated European talent in Sander Berge, adding Dennis to their ranks would show once again that they are in different stratosphere as a club these days.
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