Blades press on with Ramsdale pursuit

Chris Wilder is focusing on who will be in goal next season, with Sheffield United keen to sign Aaron Ramsdale from AFC Bournemouth, despite Jason Tindall’s claim that there will be no exodus of talent at the Vitality Stadium.

That could be the reason why Marco Bizot is being linked to the Blades. He plays in Holland for AZ Alkmaar where he had an outstanding last season keeping 24 clean sheets in 38 games.

Sky Sports are report that Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, United, Crystal Palace and Fulham are all interested, so it might come down to who has the biggest chequebook.

After the success of this season back in the top flight, the Blades may have the resources to compete. Even allowing for a rebate back to TV companies to cover issues arising around Covid, they are estimated to have finished the season with a cool £132.6million from the premier league. Just to put that in context, they received just £7million in the season they came up from the Championship in 2018/19.

Bournemouth could look internally for Howe replacement

Howe left his role as Cherries boss by mutual consent over the weekend, much to the surprise of those involved with the club.

The 42-year-old leaves the Vitality Stadium after more than a decade at helm, a stint which has seen him take the club on a remarkable journey from League Two relegation candidates to a top half Premier League finish.

With the Cherries’ 5-year top flight odyssey coming to an end last month, Howe feels the time is right for a fresh face to take charge on the South Coast.

However, it is understood that the club are keen to maintain Howe’s style of play despite his departure, meaning an internal appointment is a distinct possibility.

The obvious name is Jason Tindall, Howe’s assistant for several years at Bournemouth – reports suggest he is in the frame to take the reigns.

If the Cherries are looking for an external appointment though, former Wigan boss Paul Cook – who left the Latics last week – is a snug fit in terms of footballing philosophy.

Furthermore, Cook has links to the South Coast having been the manager of Portsmouth between 2015 and 2017.

Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale on Blades’ list of transfer targets

Newspaper The Sun claim that Chris Wilder is plotting a move for the 22-year-old stopper, with it uncertain whether on-loan Manchester United man Dean Henderson will return to Bramall Lane next season.

Henderson has impressed between the sticks for the Blades this campaign, which may encourage Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep him at Old Trafford to compete with David De Gea.

That is where Ramsdale enters the frame – the Cherries keeper came through the Sheffield United academy and may be looking for an immediate route back to the Premier League after Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship last week.