Steve Bruce’s hopes of signing Blades star Chris Basham appear to be over.
The Sheffield Utd defender has been linked with a move back to Tyneside since the transfer window opened last Monday, however it’s now emerged that the 32-year-old has signed a new at Bramall Lane – ending talk of a summer exit for their 2019/20 player of the season.
Basham was actually released by Newcastle as a teenager and had been tipped to become the latest local lad to return to St James’ Park, alongside the likes of Andy Carroll and summer recruit Mark Gillespie.
The Mail recently reported that Basham was high on Bruce’s radar and also on Burnley’s summer wishlist, but the fact he’s committed himself to the Blades until the summer of 2022 mean any hopes we had of a cut-price deal for the Hebburn-born centre-back seem all but over.
Considering we have an abundance of central defenders, coupled with the fact he excelled in a back five under Chris Wilder, it’s hard to say how he would’ve even fit into our plans now Bruce is moving to a four-man defence?
He’s been brilliant for Sheffield Utd and hasn’t looked out of place one bit at Premier League level, but perhaps we should be pursuing younger options if another centre-back really is on the agenda this summer, with Schar’s future up in the air and the majority of our current options on the wrong side of their 20’s (if not in their 30’s).