Despite a busy summer transfer window already at Bramall Lane, there looks set to be more incomings and outgoings in the coming week, as Chris Wilder finalises his Sheffield United squad for the Sky Bet Championship season.
Wilder is looking to build a squad capable of establishing themselves back in the second-tier, before ultimately challenging for a place in the Premier League, which simply has to be the club’s long-term ambition.
With incomings expected, there will be departures to fund Wilder’s business, and one player looking almost certain to leave is James Hanson, who has found himself way down the pecking order at Bramall Lane in the Championship, with Billy Sharp, Leon Clarke and Ched Evans all preferred.
Mansfield Town and Scunthorpe United were two clubs reportedly looking at the striker, whilst latest reports have linked Blackburn Rovers with a move.
Here at FLW, we believe that there will be plenty of other clubs in League One and Two looking to sign the powerful striker, who has an exceptional reputation in the English lower leagues.
Hanson only made 13 appearances for the Blades last season, scoring one goal as Wilder’s side stormed to promotion. However, the 29-year-old showed plenty of quality at Bradford City, which led to the Blades buying him last January.
During a seven-and-a-half year spell at Valley Parade, Hanson made over 300 appearances for Bradford across all competitions, and was part of the squad that reached the League Cup final in 2013 and promotion from League Two later that year.
The 29-year-old scored 91 goals for Bradford in the lower leagues, helping the Bantams rise back up the Football League ladder and eventually establish themselves as one of the best in League One.
Although his record at Bramall Lane is not the best, when you look back at Hanson’s previous record, it is impressive, which is why we believe there will be a queue of lower league clubs looking to take him off Wilder’s hands this summer.