Chris Wilder has emphasised his need for a fourth centre-forward to provide his Sheffield United squad with the depth required for a promotion push next season.
With that in mind, he should push to secure Martyn Waghorn. The Ipswich Town forward is wanted by a host of Championship clubs following his prolific 2017-18 season.
The 28-year-old scored 16 goals to comfortably finish as Ipswich’s top scorer. It was the third consecutive season that he had topped his club’s scoring charts, following back-to-back prolific seasons at Rangers.
Highly versatile, his potential benefit to the Blades does not solely rest on his goal-scoring. While principally viewed as a centre-forward, he only played there in 20 of his 44 league appearances. This did not come at a cost to his contribution to the team either, scoring more as a winger (9) than he did as a striker (7). His 13 assists also demonstrated how he is integral to all aspects of a side’s attack.
If Wilder is to secure Waghorn, he will have to pinch him from under Derby County’s noses. The Rams are understood to be in pole position with The Mirror reporting that they go as high as £8 million. However, due to their precarious financial situation, they must wait until Matej Vydra is sold to provide funds. This creates a window of opportunity for the Blades to add an extra edge to their attack. He would be expensive, but he could well fire Sheffield United right into the promotion mix.