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Potential Sheffield United blow emerges as they face competition for 20-year-old



Serie A rivals Hellas Verona and Bologna have both joined the race to recruit Sheffield United target Josh Doig this summer, as per an update from the Daily Record.

The 20-year-old currently plies his trade for Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, recording 42 appearances in all competitions for Lee Johnson’s side last term and registering three assists in the process.

Despite their wealth of options on the left flank, with Enda Stevens, Rhys Norrington-Davies and Max Lowe all available as options to Paul Heckingbottom’s side following the latter’s return from Nottingham Forest, this is an area the Blades’ boss is seemingly keeping an eye on.

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This could be because Forest are interested in recruiting Lowe on a permanent basis despite seeing him suffer with two severe injury setbacks last term, but performing admirably for the East Midlands outfit when available.

His potential departure could open up a spot for Doig to arrive in South Yorkshire – but they could face a major tussle for his signature with Hellas Verona and Bologna both confirmed by the Daily Record to be in the race for his signature.

The same outlet have also revealed that he isn’t likely to be available for a fee of less than £3m, a sizeable investment for a side that have barely spent on transfer fees in the past couple of windows.

The Verdict:

Considering they already have a decent number of first-team options at their disposal, Doig should be low on their priority list unless Lowe leaves.

However, they should be looking to keep the ex-Forest loanee after seeing him play a part in guiding Steve Cooper’s side to the Premier League – and could be a good long-term option for Heckingbottom’s side.

Norrington-Davies could also be a good long-term option – but may have his game time limited by Stevens next month and with this, he should probably be loaned out if he isn’t going to be on the pitch regularly.

If Lowe is sold and Norrington-Davies goes out on loan, that could open up a vacancy for Doig to become first-choice option at left wing-back with a reliable and experienced backup in Stevens available to come in.

They shouldn’t be too disheartened if they miss out on the 20-year-old though – because their centre-back area and central midfield department desperately needs to be addressed first as a matter of urgency – with more firepower potentially being required up top too if the likes of Daniel Jebbison and Will Osula head out on loan.

A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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