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Sheffield United reveal bid for highly-touted teenage Arsenal striker
Sheffield United are keen to increase their options up front by bringing in teenage Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun.
Reports on Tuesday said that the Blades had seen a bid for the 19-year-old turned down.
And United boss Chris Wilder confirmed the story on Wednesday.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup second-round tie at Burnley, Wilder said: We made an enquiry regarding the young man at Arsenal.
That is left with the CEO at our football club and at Arsenal. The last one that weve talked about, at the top of the pitch, we want attributes that suit us and hopefully move us forward.
Balogun was born in New York and holds joint-English and US citizenship. He’s also eligible to play for Nigeria.
The forward scored 10 goals in 15 appearances for Arsenal’s Under-23s last season.
That put several clubs on alert and Brentford saw a £5m bid for the player rejected in January.
However, it seemed his future lies away from Arsenal after reports in June that he rejected terms on a new contract.
Wilder is in the market for a forward and Sheffield United remain one of many clubs trying to secure a deal for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
The urgency to bring in another frontman is highlighted by an injury to Lys Mousset.
The Frenchman has a foot injury and missed United’s opening 2-0 home loss to Wolves.
Wilder said: “At the time it just looked like someone had just trodden on his toe.
“But looking at it and rewinding it, it was a little bit more sinister than it first looked.
The boy had all his weight on Lys foot and damaged the ligament underneath, quite an unusual injury. After scanning, it was decided to have a minor operation.
We need to add at the top of the pitch. We have a decent selection of players, but we want to add another one, especially with Lys missing for a little while.
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