SHEFFIELD UNITED: A way back for Will Hoskins

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SHEFFIELD United could be offered the chance to sign Will Hoskins permanently this summer after Gus Poyet, the Brighton and Hove Albion manager, expressed his disappointment at the striker’s decision to join Danny Wilson’s side on loan earlier this term.

Hoskins, who has ruled himself out of United’s remaining two matches due to a hernia problem, had been scheduled to spend the rest of the campaign in South Yorkshire before aggravating the injury during last weekend’s League One fixture at MK Dons.

Poyet recently insisted that Hoskins will prepare for next season at the American Express Community Stadium.

But - comparing his situation to that of Craig Mackail-Smith, who has failed to score for Albion since March - Poyet told reporters: “People like Will Hoskins would prefer to move and not wait. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played as much as he probably thought on the day he left.

“He can’t blame me, that’s for sure, because I didn’t say he needed to go. I said he would have to wait for his chance and if you take it when you have it you are going to play, like anyone else. But he said ‘no, because I am going to play there’.”

Wilson, whose side are second in the table ahead of Saturday’s visit of Stevenage, admitted he had been tracking Hoskins for several seasons soon after capturing the 25-year-old.

But the United manager acknowledges the outcome of his team’s bid for promotion will dictate transfer policy at Bramall Lane.