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Sheffield United ‘set to make £8m bid for Championship goalkeeper’

Sheffield United are reportedly preparing an £8million bid for Sunderland goalkeeper Anthony Patterson ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Sheffield United they are reportedly prepared to offer £8m for Sunderland GOALKEEPER Anthony Patterson This summer.

The 24-year-old has cemented his place as first-choice goalkeeper at the Stadium of Light in recent years, helping the Black Cats escape the rigors of third-tier football in 2022.

In what has been a tumultuous season for Sunderland due to several managerial changes, Patterson still managed to enjoy a productive term between the sticks.

The goalkeeper played in 45 league games for the Black Cats, keeping 13 clean sheets and guiding his club to 13th place in the second tier.

Since graduating from the club’s academy in October 2018, Patterson has made 123 appearances for Sunderland in all competitions, while experiencing a loan spell at Notts County in the National League.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder on 4 April 2024© Reuters

Sheffield United preparing £8m bid for Sunderland’s Patterson?

Conformable Sun.Sunderland’s Patterson could be set for a high-profile move to the Championship before the start of the 2024-25 campaign.

The report states that Premier League boys Sheffield United are interested in securing the goalkeeper’s services in the summer transfer window.

The Championship-bound Blades are understood to be in the process of planning a summer swoop for the 24-year-old, who has finished well in the second tier for clean sheets this season.

With Chris Wilder Aiming to strengthen their squad for a promotion challenge in the coming term, United are said to be offering £8m for Patterson’s signature.

After signing an extension to his terms at the Stadium of Light in September, the 24-year-old’s contract with Sunderland expires in 2028, meaning the Black Cats are in no rush to sell the player.

Everton's Amadou Onana in action against Sheffield United on 11 May 2024© Reuters

Sheffield United’s defensive rebuild

With one game left of this Premier League season, Sheffield United are 13 points behind 17th-placed Nottingham Forest, meaning the Blades’ relegation is firmly confirmed.

A glaring problem for Wilder’s men this year has been their woeful defensive record, with the Yorkshiremen breaking unwanted records this season.

United conceded their 101st goal of the season in Saturday’s narrow defeat at Everton, surpassing Swindon Town’s tally of 100 during the 1993/94 campaign.

Patterson is being targeted as a new first-choice goalkeeper at Bramall Lane, with Wes Foderingham out of contract this summer and Ivo Grbic has failed to impress since joining from Atletico Madrid in January.

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