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Sheffield United enter discussions with Celtic over talented midfielder



Sheffield United have entered talks with Celtic over the possibility of signing Gary Mackay-Steven this summer, but Chris Wilder could face competition to sign the midfielder from Blackburn Rovers, reports the Sheffield Star.

The Blades are planning for life back in the Sky Bet Championship following their promotion last season, whilst Tony Mowbray is preparing Blackburn for League One, after they dropped into the third-tier last year.

Wilder’s side appear to be in the driving seat to sign Mackay-Steven, whose two-and-a-half year association with Celtic is set to come to an end after a difficult 2016/17 campaign at Celtic Park.

Mackay-Steven, 26, made just ten appearances and failed to score a goal across all competitions last year under Brendan Rodgers, as Celtic went the domestic season unbeaten and secured the treble.

Should the midfielder make the move to Bramall Lane, he will become Wilder’s fourth signing of the summer, following Ched Evans, Nathan Thomas and Enda Stevens to South Yorkshire.

It is believed that securing Mackay-Steven’s signature would cost between £500k and £750k.

Despite the Blades’ already busy transfer window and apparent interest in Mackay-Steven, Wilder is also interested in signing Charlton Athletic’s Ricky Holmes and Southend United’s Ryan Leonard, ahead of his side’s first Championship appearance since the 2010/11 season.

Blades fans… Would Mackay-Steven be a good addition to your squad this summer? Let us know your thoughts!

Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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